Thursday, September 20, 2012

More evidence inequitable funding contributes to achievement gaps

Another day, another report on the damage done to public education and urban poor students from inequitable school funding. I can see our state leaders now -- most of whom represent affluent, high achieving school districts -- standing their with their hands over their ears shouting, "La, la, la, la, la, la...," hoping it all just goes away so they don't actually have to earn their pay by solving the problem.

"According to a report out of the Center for American Progress, inequitable per-pupil spending perpetuated by regressive state and local school-finance systems remains cause for concern in U.S. public schools, despite state aid formulas designed to work to the contrary.

"Inequitable funding of U.S. public schools contributes significantly to the under achievement of our low-income and minority students. It's something we have to fix if we are to progress as a society," Cynthia G. Brown, vice president of education policy at the Center for American Progress, said in a statement."