When confronted with a shortfall in state funding, higher-wealth communities can raise additional money from local sources (chiefly from property taxes). Lower-wealth communities are generally unable to do the same. You can see the consequence of this by selecting a wealth-quintile from the list at right. The bar charts will adjust to reveal a complete breakdown of education spending in that quintile. At any time, you can can also return to the breakdown by district.

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Note: Wealth quintiles cluster districts using DESE’s Combined Effort Yield, a combined measure of municipal property and income wealth, and dividing this by the number of students attending a given district.