While it may come as no surprise that non-white school districts are receiving less funding than those that are predominantly white, what is startling is how big America’s school funding gap truly is — standing at $23 billion.
Additionally, a new report, issued by the nonprofit EdBuild, features their studies on how U.S. schools are funding; which they’ve found that “for every student enrolled, the average nonwhite school district receives $2,226 less than a white school district.” Also, high-poverty non-white districts receive about $1,600 less per student than the national average; and those white and poor receive about $130 less.
Despite 1954’s Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (un-constitutionalizing segregated public schools) more than half of the students within the States attend segregated or “racially concentrated” schools, this per the nonprofit’s findings. #Socialites, thoughts?
Furthermore, founder and CEO of EdBuild, Rebecca Sibilia, addresses the cause of the disparity; stating, “We have built a school funding system that is reliant on geography, and therefore the school funding system has inherited all of the historical ills of where we have forced and incentivized people to live.”
In addition, Sibilia also addresses school funding in Southern; stating that districts serving mostly students of color “rely more on the decisions that are being made at the state level, but there are fewer voices representing them. And that’s where you really start to see the shift in power.”
Also, she states, “This confirms a theory that we’ve had, which is that the larger the tax base — the larger the actual geography of the school districts — the more you can actually balance out the difference between a wealthy white suburb and a less wealthy rural or urban area.”
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