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Why Have States Cut School Funding?

October 24, 2016

The widespread drop in state support for schools over the past decade — which we’ve documented in our new report — reflects outside factors, such as weak revenues and rising costs, as well as state policy choices, such as relying on spending cuts to close...

Five of Eight States With Deepest K-12 Cuts Also Cut Income Taxes

Study Shows Money Matters for K-12 Education

October 21, 2016

Better funding for schools leads to better long-term outcomes for students, a careful study concludes.  That’s a timely and important message.  As our new report shows,...

School Funding Increases Lead to Big Gains for Poor Kids

State K-12 Funding Still Lagging in Many States

October 20, 2016

At least 23 states will provide less “general” or “formula” funding — the main form of state support for elementary and secondary schools — in the current school year (2017) than when the Great Recession took hold in 2008, our newly updated survey of state...


Maine Voters Can Boost Education, Tax Fairness at Same Time

October 5, 2016

Maine’s voters will consider a ballot measure in November to roll back the state’s recent tax cuts for the wealthy and use the revenue to invest in their future by improving the state’s schools.  That’s a very good idea.

Maine is among a number of states that cut income...


Resources Tight as New School Year Starts

August 23, 2016

With K-12 schools opening around the country, here’s a quick look at the funding challenges many of them face.

  • Some 47 percent of school funding comes from states, and in many states it hasn’t kept up with rising enrollment and inflation.  At least 25
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K-12 Education Jobs Have Fallen as Enrollment Has Grown

Income Tax Cap Would Hurt North Carolina

June 29, 2016

North Carolina’s Senate has passed a fiscally irresponsible bill that would ask voters in November to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the state’s income tax rate to no higher than 5.5 percent, slightly above the 5.499 rate set to take effect in January.  This...

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A Fair Chance for Poor Students

June 17, 2016

Schools with lots of poor children are often poorly funded compared to other schools, undermining the country’s basic promise of equal opportunity.  A rule that the U.S. Department of Education is considering could help change that by leading states and localities to raise...

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Mississippi Tax Cuts Would Worsen Education Squeeze

March 23, 2016

States that slash their tax revenue find it harder to improve their schools, which Mississippi lawmakers considering huge new tax cuts would do well to remember. 

Mississippi already faces a sizeable budget shortfall, yet lawmakers are considering a plan to severely cut income taxes...


Unauthorized Immigrants Pay More of Income in State and Local Taxes Than Nation’s Top Earners

February 24, 2016

Unauthorized immigrants pay a larger share of their income in state and local taxes than the nation’s top earners, and immigration reform would improve state and local finances across the country, a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)...

Unauthorized Immigrants Pay More of Their Income in State & Local Taxes Than the Richest 1%

K-12 Funding Cuts Persist

December 10, 2015

Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools — in some cases, much less — than before the Great Recession, as we detail in a new paper. Worse, some states are still cutting eight years after the recession took hold. 


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