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Fiscal Federalism and K-12 Education Funding: Policy Lessons from Two Educational Crises

We synthesize and critique federal fiscal policy during the Great Recession and Covid-19 pandemic. First, the amount of aid during both crises was inadequate to meet policy goals. Second, the mechanisms used to distribute funds was disconnected from policy goals and provided different levels of aid to districts with equivalent levels of economic disadvantage. Third, data tools are missing making it difficult to understand whether funds were used to meet policy goals. Details for these results are provided along with policy recommendations.

Keywords
Federal fiscal stimulus, inequality, Great Recession, Covid-19 Pandemic
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/yqfy-5h36

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Shores, Kenneth A., and Matthew P. Steinberg. (). Fiscal Federalism and K-12 Education Funding: Policy Lessons from Two Educational Crises. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-550). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/yqfy-5h36

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