KEY ISSUES

Funding

Funding dictates what is possible in policy. Without adequate education funding, it is not possible to implement innovative ideas, create new policies or strengthen existing ones. Our work at Education Commission of the States focuses on how money supports systems across the education spectrum — from early learning through workforce development — and across the country in all 50 states and territories. Our work recognizes that these decisions are often difficult, which is why we provide policymakers with unbiased information and opportunities for collaboration.

RESEARCH


50-State Comparisons

How all states approach funding policies.

REPORT


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on specific funding issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for funding.

As the state budget season approaches and the American Rescue Plan has been enacted, it’s worth taking a look at how states are thinking about K-12 funding for the upcoming fiscal year. We explored this in our latest Policy Snapshot on K-12 Funding Policy Responses to COVID-19...

While the economy is currently strong, conversations are already beginning about when the tides may turn. Survey data indicates that millions of Americans believe a recession is looming, and some business economists believe a recession is possible before the next presidential election.

Understanding the maze of funding programs and reporting requirements in the more than 600-page bill will be essential for state, local, tribal and school leaders to put these resources to use.

Legislatures are moving full speed ahead with their sessions, and many of us in the education policy sector have our eyes on what this session will mean for school funding. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated recession, there is less money to go around than we have seen in previous years.

This is a three-part series that explores ways that states fund education for specific student populations and school characteristics.

The numbers are staggering. Since states began to issue shelter-in-place orders, virtually all 50 states have significantly reduced economic activity, and over 35 million Americans have lost their jobs...

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on funding.

K-12 Funding During Recessions
Pre-K Facilities Funding
Postsecondary Funding and Facilities Maintenance
CTE Funding
The Arts and Schools of Choice – Funding

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