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“Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity”
By Sarah D. Sparks — March 05, 2019 1 min read

Regional desegregation plans can help close racial and socioeconomic disparities between neighboring school districts, finds a new report by the Learning Policy Institute.

Using case studies from regional plans in Boston; Hartford, Conn.; and Omaha, Neb., it found early evidence that interdistrict plans can close racial performance gaps and reduce concentrations of minority and poor students. For example, a regional governance system for 11 Omaha-area districts led to a common tax levy, the development of popular new magnet schools, and significantly higher math and reading performance for low-income students who used the new open-enrollment systems.

The report recommended policymakers:

• Secure a metropolitanwide agreement;

• Establish a clear vision for educational equity;

• Sustain efforts with equitable resources;

• Create a strong data and evaluation plan.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 06, 2019 edition of Education Week as School Finance

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