Aid Disparities in Needy Schools Seen as Rising
Report Says Recession Stymied Relief Efforts
The gap in school funding between wealthy and poor districts is growing in most states, a striking reversal of progress made during better economic times, according to a report issued last week.
In the report, the Washington-based Education Trust blames cash-strapped states for the disparities, which average just more than $1,300 per student across the country.
Looking at districts’ bottom lines, the trust found that districts in high-poverty areas in 25 states received less money from state and local sources than their wealthier counterparts did, and that 31 states had spending gaps for their high-minority districts. When adjusted to account for additional costs associated with an equal education for children from low-income families, 36 states were found...
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