MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama has the 17th most equitable school districts in the U.S. overall, but some districts within the state are better than others, according to research conducted by WalletHub.
In many states, more prosperous school districts receive more funding per student than poorer districts, with one estimate claiming that low-income districts are underfunded by around $6,700 per pupil.
The difference between the rich and poor has intensified even more due to the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Low-income students have suffered the greatest “learning loss” because of limited or total remote learning. One main factor is that people in low-income districts are less likely to have the technological resources they need, according to WalletHub.
To find out where school funding is given the most fairly, WalletHub scored 137 districts in Alabama based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.
See the chart below for WalletHub‘s main findings.