K-12 Education: Can More Funding for Low-Quality Schools Move the Needle?

By Julia Baumel — February 1, 2021

Most American schools are actually doing well and effectively preparing students for college and beyond. But a minority of our schools are catastrophically bad, dragging down America’s overall test scores—but, most importantly, consigning millions of kids to diminished futures. There is no silver bullet that will completely fix this inequity, but this New Center policy paper highlights a few solutions that could finally start to improve chronically underperforming schools.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • The U.S. ranked 25th

    on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam in 2018.

  • Only about eight percent

    of all public school funding comes from the federal government.

  • 76% of all low-income students

    would receive equal or greater school funding if all states were to pool property tax dollars at the county or state level to be distributed evenly to all schools.

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