by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
In Why School Spending Is So Unequal, Governing data editor Mike Maciag examines variations in per-student expenditures within states. While Alaska and Vermont have huge variations in student spending, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida have very little variation. In general, states with the largest disparities rely on property taxes to fund their schools. Most of those with small disparities use state tax revenue to fund their systems.