Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Trust Report Documents Huge Gap in School Funding

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Trust Report Documents Huge Gap in School Funding

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Deep inequities in school funding continue to plague most states, according to a new report released this month by the Education Trust.

The report, "The Funding Gap: Low-Income and Minority Students Receive Fewer Dollars," documented large funding gaps between high- and low-poverty and minority districts in many states. The analysis reveals that, in most states, school districts that educate the greatest number of low-income and minority students receive substantially less state and local money per student than districts with the fewest low-income and minority students.

"In too many states, we see yet again that the very students who need the most get the least," says Kati Haycock, director of the Education Trust. "At a time when schools, districts and states are rightly focusing on closing the achievement gap separating low-income and minority students from other students, states can and must do more to close these funding gaps."

Whereas most education finance data is reported either in averages or in terms of inequities, regardless of whom those inequities affect, "The Funding Gap" focuses on the question of what levels of state and local funding are available for different groups of students.

Key findings of the study include:

- In 30 of 47 states studied, the quarter of districts educating the greatest number of poor students receive substantially less (i.e., a difference of $100 or more per student) state and local money per student than the quarter of districts educating the fewest poor students. …

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