Mind the Gap: 20 Years of Progress and Retrenchment in School Funding and Achievement Gaps
By B. D. Baker, D. Farrie, & D. G. Sciarra
This report focuses on the relationship between school funding, resource allocation, and achievement among students from low-income families. It tackles the assumption that greater resources, delivered through fair and equitable school funding systems, could help raise academic outcomes and reduce the achievement gap. The goal of this report is to provide convincing evidence that state finance policies have consequences in terms of the level and distribution of resources, here limited to staffing characteristics, and that the resulting allocation of resources is also associated with changes in both the level of academic achievement and achievement gaps between low-income children and their peers.
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