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By The Associated Press — September 20, 2016 1 min read

A state effort to target funding to lagging school districts did not reduce disparities in student achievement and per-student spending, a study has found.

Under the 2008 plan, which is no longer in effect, the state sent additional money to school districts that were spending less than what a formula determined was adequate for a district with its number of students and level of poverty, among other factors. The planned six-year program ended after three years.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgia State University concluded in a study published earlier this month in the National Tax Journal that the payments the state sent to these districts did not shrink the gaps in spending or student achievement that separate wealthy and poorer districts.

The study notes that the payments, a relatively small component of basic education funding, came to an average of $236 per student in the first year, and $479 per student in the third year, the researchers found.

A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2016 edition of Education Week as School Funding

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