Eight states — Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Idaho, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Utah — claim to rank 49th in education funding, according to a column by Vicki Murray of the Goldwater Institute in the Arizona Republic. It all depends on what’s counted.
For example, Census Bureau rankings include certain capital outlays. The National Education Association’s “Rankings and Estimates” and Education Week’s “Quality Counts” exclude such funding.
Arizona’s ranking also changes considerably depending on how you define education funding. For instance, the Census Bureau ranks Arizona anywhere from 18th to 51st on 20 funding measures. Such variety makes it possible to pick and choose a state’s ranking and then put it under an ominous “education funding” headline.
Via Chris Correa.