WalletHub today released its study on South Carolina’s Most and Least Equitable School Districts. Alongside this report, the website also released rankings for the States with the Most and Least Equitable School Districts and South Carolina ranked as the 8th most equitable overall.
To find out where school funding is distributed most fairly, WalletHub scored the equitability of each school district in South Carolina based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.
Below, you can see additional report highlights, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To view the full report, click here.
Most & Least Equitable School Districts in South Carolina
|Most Equitable||Least Equitable|
|1. Lexington County School District 2||72. Charleston County School District|
|2. Bamberg County School District 1||73. Richland County School District 2|
|3. Florence County School District 1||74. Beaufort County School District 1|
|4. Hampton County School District 2||75. Lexington County School District 1|
|5. Allendale County School District 1||76. Dillon County School District 3|
|6. Oconee County School District||77. McCormick County School District|
|7. Anderson County School District 1||78. Dillon County School District 4|
|8. Calhoun County School District 1||79. Clover School District 2|
|9. Williston School District 29||80. Lexington & Richland County School District5|
|10. Horry County School District||81. York County School District 4|
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.”