EdBuild releases new tools to support reporting on school funding equity
Contact name: Zahava Stadler
JERSEY CITY, NJ, June 17, 2020 – Leading school funding organization EdBuild releases essential tools for journalists seeking to tell data-driven, policy-informed stories about educational equity.
For five years, EdBuild has worked to bring light to problems of inequity in school funding. Today, we share accessible, user-friendly versions of the tools that we have long used internally to analyze and visualize important education equity data.
A new Data Dashboard allows the user to view state- and district-level data on school finances, student demographics, and local economic conditions. All of this data is presented on a dynamic, easy-to-use platform where journalists can view, customize, and download the charts, maps, and tables they need to explore and illustrate the conditions that affect students, schools, and communities. The Data Dashboard can be found at https://shiny.edbuild.org/apps/edbuild-dashboard/.
“We want to support the work of local and education journalists as they tell stories about schools in challenging times,” said Zahava Stadler, Managing Director. “We at EdBuild are proud of our reputation for creating visually powerful, data-driven research about school funding equity issues. These tools are our secret weapon, and we want to share them with the press.”
EdBuild’s Dividing Lines map presents these important data points for years 2013-2018 in an interactive map that enables easy, at-a-glance comparisons across districts, states, or the country as a whole. This visual explorer can help journalists identify places where there’s a story to be told or to add data context to broader education stories. Dividing Lines can be found at https://edbuild.org/content/dividing-lines/main.
Today, EdBuild also releases policy tools that shed light on the two sides of the school funding equation: where school funding comes from, and how it is handed out. School district borders define the taxing jurisdiction that supports each school system. Frontier: School District Borders and the Pursuit of Educational Opportunity is an interactive database of school district border law in all fifty states, providing context for stories about local funding disparities. The database can be found at https://edbuild.org/content/frontier. And throughout its work on school funding formulas, EdBuild has been asked what the best policy is; today, we release Common Sense and Fairness: Model Policies for State Education Funding, a guide to building a better, fairer funding formula. The guide can be found at https://edbuild.org/content/edbuilder/reports/full-report, and an interactive web tool for building your own formula from EdBuild’s recommendations can be found at https://edbuild.org/content/edbuilder/.
EdBuild is working to bring common sense and fairness to the way states fund schools. Founded in 2014, EdBuild has worked actively with state leaders and stakeholders to accelerate change and spark dialogue. For more information, visit www.edbuild.org.
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