Although it costs about 40 percent more to educate low-income students, says an Education Trust report, the highest-wealth districts get more state and local funding — an average of $868 more per student — than the highest-poverty districts. With the 40 percent differential factored in, the funding gap averages $1,348 per student, Ed Trust says.
In 36 states, the highest-poverty school districts receive less money than the lowest-poverty districts when we account for what school funding experts say is the extra cost of educating low-income students. Nationwide, the disparity exceeds $1,300 per student.
Federal money targeted to the poor isn’t counted in the survey, since federal dollars are supposed to supplement — not replace — state and local funding.
The gap narrowed during the boom, but widened again when tax revenue declined. Affluent suburbs were able to raise property taxes to keep spending high; poorer districts could not.
Number 2 Pencil takes apart an anti-NCLB story which quotes teachers demanding more money and less testing. They also want a “level playing field” with less government interference. Everyone should be well-educated; teachers shouldn’t have to explain why their students are failing.
Eduwonk points out the photo with the story was shot in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Nice place to live, good public schools, very quiet, and quite literally almost no minorities. There is an important component to the anti-NCLB “revolt” (or adult temper tantrum if you prefer) that gets insufficient attention.
And hold the outraged emails. This is not an accusation of racism, but rather of inattention to, and lack of awareness about, the obscene disparities in our system of public education, which works very well for some kids and miserably for others — and not at random.
NCLB focuses more attention, class time and resources on the kids at the bottom, which often means less for the kids who are doing well.