School aid not distributed evenly

This was the title of a CNN article describing the gist of a report by Education Trust, essentially saying that way we fund public education short changes low-income and minority students.

The following is an excerpt of the press release by Education Trust;

The report, Funding Gaps 2006, builds on the Education Trust’s annual studies of funding gaps among school districts within states. For the first time the report includes data and analysis on:

• How federal Title I funds widen rather than narrow the education funding gaps that separate wealthy states from poor states; and,
• How funding choices at the school district level provide enhanced funding to schools serving higher concentrations of affluent students and white students at the expense of schools that serve low-income students and students of color.

This should not serve as any new groundbreaking information but reports like this play a critical role in educating the public and alerting policy makers that our approach to education is failing our children. Please read this report, review their analsyis and proposed solutions.

Stay up fam,

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