Facts and Figures About Education Funding for Rural Districts: States With Least Inequality

Last Updated: July 18, 2009

This article appeared in the July 2009 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: Which five states have the least inequality in per pupil school funding among rural districts?
Answer: Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Delaware have the least inequality in combined state and local revenue per pupil among rural districts.

These five states have relatively equal levels of instructional spending across rural districts. However, rural instructional spending is very low in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Only Delaware spends above the national average, and it has low numbers and low percentages of rural students, schools, and districts. (Why Rural Matters, 2007)

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