New Math for School Finance

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The New Math on School Finance:

Adding Up the First-Ever Disclosure of Corporate Tax Abatements’ Cost to Public Education

 

December 2018

Public schools across the country lost at least $1 .8 billion last year as a result of economic development tax incentives granted to corporations. School districts in ten states, led by South Carolina, New York and Louisiana, collectively lost $1.6 billion. If this money were instead reinvested in hiring new teachers and reducing class size, these ten states alone could add more than 28,000 teachers.

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