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• Grapevine: A National Database of State Tax Support for Higher Education
Grapevine reports on total state tax effort for higher education, including general fund appropriations for universities, colleges, community colleges, and state higher education agencies. Updated state reports detail the current fiscal year and previous fiscal year state tax appropriations for operating expenses of higher education. Also included is a 50-state summary table showing state totals for the current year, the previous two years, a ten-year figure, and percentages of change over one, two, and ten years.

• Early Learning Left Out: An Examination of Public Investments in Education and Development by Child Age (February 2004)
“This study, Early Learning Left Out, presents the most comprehensive picture, to date, of public investments in the education and development of children by three age groupings – the early learning years (roughly 0-–5) the school-aged year (roughly 6-–18) and the college-aged years (roughly 19-–23)” Produced by Voices for America’ Children and the Child and Family Policy Center.

• Investing in Learning: School Funding Policies to Foster High Performance (2004)
This report from the Committee on Economic Development presents an overview of public school financing in the United States and recommendations for improving the system.

• The Funding Gap: Low-Income and Minority Students Receive Fewer Dollars (2002)
A report from The Education Trust reveals inequities in education finance. “This analysis includes state and local revenues only, and does not include federal dollars.”
http://www2.edtrust.org/NR/rdonlyres/B9193391-542E-4D1D-8745-533273F144EA/ 0/investment.pdf

• Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data
“Public elementary-secondary education finance data include revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) of elementary and secondary public school systems. These data are available in downloadable files and viewable tables listed by year.” Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

• Education Finance Database
“This site is designed to help legislators, legislative staff, and other researchers obtain information concerning the funding of K-12 education in the 50 states.” The database also allows for comparisons between states.

• National Center for Education Statistics – Educational Finance Center
Presents education finance information for elementary/secondary public or private education.

• Federal Support for Education: Fiscal Years 1980 to 2002
This report attempts to provide a comprehensive picture of total federal financial support for education since fiscal year 1980. Available as a pdf document.

• Financing America’s Public Schools
“This Issue Brief highlights the school finance issues that have emerged from court cases during the past several years. In addition, it describes six types of funding formulas that states use to finance public education. The Issue Brief also examines school finance system overhauls in Kentucky and Michigan. Finally, it provides recommendations that policymakers may want to consider as they redesign their school finance systems.” Provided by the National Governor’s Association.

• Leadership Insider – School Foundations
This issue of the National School Board Assocation’s Leadership Insider focuses on the development and operation of school foundations.

• Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance: Issues and Perspectives (1999)
Published by the National Academy Press.

• Issues Page: School Finance
This site from Education Week provides an overview of school finance issues and provides links to past articles and related web resources.

• School Spending: The Business of Education
“These articles, available online in their entirety, originally appeared in School Spending: The Business of Education, a print publication from the editors of American School Board Journal.”

• Making Money Matter: Financing America’s Schools
“A new emphasis on raising achievement for all students poses an important but daunting challenge for policy makers: how to harness the education finance system to this objective.”

• General School Finance Information
“The place to find background information on a wide range of topics, including information about traditional remedies for school finance inequities as well as new school finance strategies such as resource reallocation.”

• ERIC Digest: School-Based Budgeting (1999)

• ERIC Digest: Equity and Adequacy in Educational Finance (1999)


• American Education Finance Association
5249 Cape Leyte Drive
Sarasota, FL 34242
Phone: (941)349-7580
Fax: (941)349-7580

• Association of School Business Officials
11401 North Shore Drive
Reston, VA 22090-4232
Phone: (703) 478-0405
Fax: (703) 478-0205
Email: asboreq@asbointl.org

• Committee for Education Funding
122 C Street, NW, Suite 280
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 383-0083
Fax: (202) 383-0097