Placing Arkansas School Funding Data in the National Context

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Barnett, Joshua H.
Educational Leadership; Education Policy
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In the Lake View v Huckabee school funding lawsuit, the Arkansas Supreme Court found the state’s school funding system unconstitutional because it did not provide an “adequate and equitable” education to all students. In light of the court’s ruling, this paper addresses the adequacy of the Arkansas system by examining levels of expenditure, teacher salary levels, and school performance. Further, this paper highlights the level of equity within the state of Arkansas as compared to other states in the nation using the Federal Range Ratio, the Coefficient of Variation, and the McLoone Index. Finally, data on the sources of revenue for schools in Arkansas as compared to other states are presented to shed light on revenue sources to meet the court’s requirements.