According to a report by the advocacy group Education Law Center, Iowa scored among one of the highest on its “National Report Card” of state school funding systems. The report specifically evaluated how states distribute education money to school districts and if they provide funding that takes into account the additional needs generated by “student poverty”.

The report – Is School Fund Fair? A National Report Card measured four indicators to determine the fairness of education funding and providing resources to districts which have students with greater needs. Those indicators are:

  • Funding level
  • Funding distribution
  • State fiscal effort
  • Public school coverage

The Education Law Center is a non-profit organization headquartered in Newark, N.J., which studies and advocates on a number of education policy issues.

Five other states received high marks,  Connecticut,  Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont and Wyoming.  For more information visit: