Research Briefs


These reports and briefs are written by the SFID team and present analyses of SFID data. They include the state profiles that are published every year with the annual report and database. In addition to the profiles, we try to publish at least one additional report or brief every year.


State School Finance Profiles 2017-18

One page profiles summarizing the adequacy and fairness of each state’s public K-12 finance system (published with 2021 annual report).

Authors: Bruce D. Baker, Matthew Di Carlo, Lauren Schneider, and Mark Weber

Publication date: January 2021

Published by the School Finance Indicators Database


State School Finance Profiles 2016-17

One page profiles summarizing the adequacy and fairness of each state’s public K-12 finance system (published with 2020 annual report).

Authors: Bruce D. Baker, Matthew Di Carlo, Lauren Schneider, and Mark Weber

Publication date: October 2020

Published by the School Finance Indicators Database


The Coronavirus Pandemic and K-12 Education Funding

This report examines the implications of the coronavirus pandemic for K-12 education funding, and lays out state and federal policy recommendations.

Authors: Bruce D. Baker and Matthew Di Carlo

Publication date: April 2020

Published by the Albert Shanker Institute (external link)


School Finance and Teacher Pay Competitiveness

An analysis of teacher/non-teacher wage gaps and their relationship with state school spending and fiscal effort.

Authors: Bruce D. Baker, Matthew Di Carlo, and Mark Weber

Publication date: July 2019

Published by the School Finance Indicators Database


Latest News

THIRD RELEASE OF THE SCHOOL FINANCE INDICATORS DATABASE

January 2021: Read the annual report, view individual state profiles, and download the full dataset.

Latest Annual Report

The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems

The third edition of our annual report presenting findings from the School Finance Indicators Database. Released January 2021. Download the report.

Latest Research Briefs

State School Finance Profiles 2017-18

One-page profiles of effort, adequacy, and progressivity in the school finance systems of all 50 states and D.C. Download your state’s profile.