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School Funding Disparities

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“School Funding’s Tragic Flaw”

Federal, state, and local systems for distributing public funds to schools often systematically favor wealthier schools and students over those with fewer resources, a new report says.

Researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington in Seattle and from Education Sector, a think tank based in the nation’s capital, unpack some of the funding mechanisms in the federal Title I program, state school funding laws, and local hiring practices that lead to dramatic disparities among schools serving similar student populations.

The authors illustrate their point with a case study of two schools serving high concentrations of poor students—Cameron Elementary School in suburban Fairfax County, Va., and Ponderosa Elementary School in rural Cumberland County, N.C. At $14,040 per pupil, the report finds, Cameron’s annual funding level is twice that of its North Carolina counterpart.

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Vol. 27, Issue 38, Page 5

Published in Print: May 21, 2008, as School Funding Disparities
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