#3 Leverage State Income Growth to Increase School Funding and Make It More Equitable
Idaho’s current per-pupil spending is one of the lowest in the nation, constrained by Idaho’s relatively small economic pie (i.e., GDP) and its relatively high population of school-age children.1 Critically, higher total spending on education, in and of itself, does not guarantee improvements in outcomes, but adequate funding can be a necessary condition for improvement.2 Further, funding should target workforce needs and provide career-focused learning experiences to students, and be distributed equitably throughout the state.
1 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. (2014). The ReThink Series: Idaho Education Funding. Boise, ID: J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. Link
2 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. (2014); Hanushek, E.A. (2003). The Failure of Input‐based Schooling Policies. The Economic Journal, 113(485), 64-98. Link; Gupta, S., Verhoeven, M., & Tiongson, E. (1999). Does Higher Government Spending Buy Better Results in Education and Health Care? Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund. Link