Financial support to help move learning forward in your classrooms.

In the United States, funding PreK-12 public education is primarily a state and local responsibility. Schools are funded through a combination of federal, state, and local government funds. Public PreK-12 spending per student varies across states and within states.
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Qualifying Curriculum Products

Many School Specialty core and supplementary products are supported by federal funding sources.

Federal Education Funding

The federal government provides an average of 8% of public education funding. Federal funds flow through State Education Agencies (SEAs) and are distributed to local school districts (LEAs) through formula and competitive grants. Federal education funds focus on gap areas and emphasize at-risk students, including students with disabilities and those from low-income households. During recent economic downturns, federal spending has also helped narrow funding gaps that developed in states and localities.

Learn more about federal funding.

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Education Stabilization Funds

In response to the COVID pandemic, Congress stepped in three times to provide financial support to education. CARES, CRRSA, and ARPA have each provided billions of dollars to the Education Stabilization Fund, which divides support between three primary funds, two of which impact K-12 education (ESSER and GEER).

To better understand stimulus funds available in your state or school district, click on the funds before or see our Guide to Education Stabilization Funds.

CARES (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

CRRSA (The Coronavirus Response and Supplemental Appropriations Act)

ARPA (The American Rescue Plan Act)

State Education Funding

State governments provide an average of 47% of district/school education funds. State budgets set education funding levels, and monies are raised through a combination of income tax, sales tax, and other funds. State Education Agencies (SEAs) distribute monies to districts/schools through a funding formula and some provide additional funds through competitive grants.
To find out more about your state or territory education funding, use the dropdown menu below:

Local Education Funding

On average, local governments provide 45% of school district funding, with many of these monies coming from local property taxes. The local education agencies (LEAs) manage state and local funds and allocate resources to their schools.