Closing the achievement gap is about improving teaching and learning, but it’s also about money: teachers and principals must be paid, books must be ordered, and facilities must be built. How our schools are financed can play a major role in student achievement. Where money comes from, how much is spent, and what it is spent on are issues that drive policy and energize stakeholders. This brief will examine how our school finance system has evolved— and why it’s still under-serving our kids.

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