States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over time

July 26, 2015


This project takes a historical look, through interactive charts for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, at how the economic and social conditions have changed over time, and how those changes have affected states’ investment in education and student achievement. The focus is on how California has changed compared with other states.

Questions we sought to answer include:

How does California’s investment in public education compare with that of other states?

How has that investment changed over the decades?

What does spending look like when compared with datasets like a state’s per-capita personal income, proportion of students in poverty, and teacher salaries?

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