When considering the quality of an education system, it is important to understand the resources available to students. Without proper resources, schools are unable to provide a quality educational experience, and students leave school unprepared to be fulfilled, productive members of society. School funding is therefore an important, and often controversial, topic in education policy. Arkansas’ public education system first ran into constitutional trouble over school funding in 1983 when the Supreme Court decided in Dupree v. Alma that the school funding formula was unconstitutional because it was based on valuations of the local tax base, not on the needs of the districts, thereby violating the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
Swanson, Elise; Ritter, Gary W.; and McKenzie, Sarah C., "The State of Education in Arkansas 2015 – How much are Arkansas’ Schools Spending?" (2015). Arkansas Education Reports. 12.