A new study from the Education Law Center reports
reasonably good findings for Arkansas
on its study of fairness in school funding.
A summary provided by an education advocate:
* OVERALL FUNDING — Arkansas ranked 30th, up from 41st in 2008.
* FUNDING DISTRIBUTION — This ranks how states spend on children with greater needs. Arkansas ranked 13th, with a B grade, up from C in 2008.
* EFFORT — This is a measure of spending against wealth, measured by gross domestic product. Arkansas got an A, ranked 7th, against 18th and a B in 2008.
* COVERAGE — This is the percentage of children in public vs. private schoos. Arkansas ranked 19th, up from 30th in 2007.
The report doesn't rank outcomes. For all our effort — driven by the important Lakeview decision and the legislature's willingness to obey it — we still lag in most standardized measures.