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The central question of education finance—how much funding is enough—is a complex one, because it relies on reaching agreement on what the school system should achieve. If we define the goal as providing an adequate level of resources so that there is a reasonable expectation that all students can meet the Common Core State Standards—or a related set of state curriculum standards—it is clear that the term adequacy is something of a misnomer and our true goal is establishment of a world-class educational system. Adequacy involves the provision of a set of strategies, programs, curriculum, and instruction, with appropriate adjustments for students, districts, and schools with particular needs, and their full financing sufficient to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn in order to ...

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