Current funding systems are: outdated, arbitrary, and segregating.

more_vert Fractured: The Accelerating Breakdown of America's School Districts, 2019 Update

Since 2000, 128 communities have tried to break away from their school district—and take their wealth with them.

more_vert 23 Billion

Even after accounting for wealth disparities, the United States invests significantly more money to educate children in white communities.

more_vert Dividing Lines

An interactive tool that visualizes school-district level financial and demographic data across the United States.

more_vert stranded

The vast majority of states leave school district mergers up to local districts, and even the states that have the power to step in do so only under the direst of circumstances, leaving students stranded in underfunded school systems.

more_vert Making Change

Every policy that increases funding equity, though it improves the overall picture, leaves some voters worse off. This report explores the stories of three states that beat the odds.

more_vert Resource Inequality: Shortchanging Students

When state policy falls short and federal oversight fails, students in high-poverty districts see less education funding than their better-off peers.

more_vert Building Equity: Fairness in Property Tax Effort for Education

Much of school funding comes from local property taxes. In this report, EdBuild examines whether these taxes are imposed in fair and equitable ways, at rates that match each community's ability to pay.

more_vert Fault Lines: America's Most Segregated School District Borders

High-poverty school districts enroll half of America's schoolchildren, and often, children in affluent, neighboring districts benefit from greater resources. This report highlights the country’s most segregating borders and considers how this situation has come to pass.

more_vert Dividing Lines: Gated School Districts

Our current school funding system often bolsters school district boundaries between rich and poor, holding resources in wealthy communities and keeping low-income students from accessing broader opportunities.

more_vert FundED

FundED is the first interactive web tool to aggregate and standardize information regarding each state’s education funding laws.

more_vert Power in Numbers - Arbitrary Funding

After cost-adjusting, some state formulas still appear arbitrary. Which states are giving drastically different amounts of funding to students of similar need?

more_vert Power in Numbers - Resource Inequality

Once you cost adjust revenue, which states are the most progressive in how they fund education?​

more_vert Power in Numbers - Cost-Adjusted Revenue

How does per pupil revenue across the country stack up after you've cost adjusted for regional differences?

more_vert Detroit's Broke, but the System is Broken

Detroit needs a systemic fix. Overhauling state funding may be a starting point.

more_vert Betting Big on School Funding

​The CA state lottery transfers wealth: from the poorest communities to the richest.

more_vert Playing the Game and Missing the Point: The Wrong Education Funding Conversation

“How much money we spend on education doesn’t matter; it’s how we’re spending it that’s important.”​ Right?

more_vert Lotteries as School Funding: The Game is Rigged

There's a problem with using lottery revenue to supplement education funding.​

more_vert Low-Income Communities Suffer the Most as PA’s Budget Stalls

Pennsylvania is currently experiencing an implosion of its education system as schools across the state struggle to keep their doors open.

more_vert Misleading Attacks Distract from Real Issues

A new blog is floating around attacking EdBuild and mischaracterizing our work. It's time to set the record straight.​

more_vert Student Poverty Timelapse

Explore how student poverty has changed since the great recession

more_vert Map: 41 States are Shortchanging their Neediest Students

It's no question that low-income students need more resources

more_vert Time for a Reboot

The last time most states updated the way they fund schools was in the 80s. A lot has changed since then.​

more_vert Beware the Consequences of the Burr Title I Amendment

​The amendment may sound nice on the surface, but the consequences could be detrimental for low-income students.​

more_vert What About My District?

​Our recent map used poverty data instead of FRL. Learn about the difference in this post.​

more_vert Dividing Lines: School District Borders in the United States

Our current school funding system often bolsters school district boundaries between rich and poor, holding resources in wealthy communities and keeping low-income students from accessing broader opportunities.

more_vert Meet EdBuild

An introduction to EdBuild.