With research showing that low-income students will fall behind their wealthy peers if schools operate remotely due to COVID-19, and a renewed focus on racial equality, WalletHub released its report on the Most and Least Equitable School Districts in Ohio. To find out where school funding is distributed most fairly, WalletHub scored the equitability of each school district in Ohio based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.
Alongside this report, WalletHub also released rankings for the States with the Most and Least Equitable School Districts, along with accompanying videos and audio files. Ohio ranked as the 12th least equitable overall.
Below, you can see additional report highlights, along with a WalletHub Q&A.
Most & Least Equitable School Districts in Ohio
|Most Equitable||Least Equitable|
|1. Eastwood Local School District||601. Upper Arlington City School District|
|2. Wayne Local School District||602. Plain Local School District|
|3. Continental Local School District||603. Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District|
|4. Southington Local School District||604. Beachwood City School District|
|5. Monroe Local School District||605. Hudson Local School District|
|6. Cardinal Local School District||606. Ottawa Hills Local School District|
|7. Fairview Park City School District||607. Indian Hill Exempted Village School District|
|8. Swanton Local School District||608. Put in Bay Local School District|
|9. Parma City School District||609. Orange City School District|
|10. Lakewood City School District||610. Kelley’s Island Local School District|
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What are the long-term benefits of making sure all school districts have equitable funding?
“If we ensure that all school districts have equitable funding, that will help to level the playing field for students in less affluent communities. It will improve graduation rates in previously underfunded districts and lead to greater rates of pursuing higher education and better future incomes,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “College graduates have $460 – $1,154 higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma and no college experience, depending on the degree.”
What can we do to support underprivileged school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic?
“To support underprivileged school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic, we should make sure that all schools have the resources to provide a comprehensive online education if necessary. Schools need to be able to lend devices and provide Wi-Fi hotspots to students who don’t already have the capability to work remotely,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “If in-person schooling does happen this fall, it’s important to make sure that underprivileged school districts don’t have a shortage of COVID-19 tests, masks, cleaning supplies and other resources necessary to provide a safe learning environment.”