The Effects Of School Funding Inequality In Public Schools

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School Funding Inequality “One of the most powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities is making certain that any individual who wants to receive a quality education can do so” (Christine Gregoire). Everyone deserves an equal education regardless of where they live or who their parents are. Children are facing the consequences of decisions they can’t make. The current way public schools are being funded is not working effectively, students are suffering and there needs to be a change. Basing school funding on property tax leads to unequal opportunities and environments for students, even though the government may claim it is not up to them, there needs to be a drastic change. Currently, taxes collected from the surrounding communities fund public school districts. Public schools get financed mainly by the property tax of the surrounding houses. “Resources available to school districts relied heavily on local property wealth, and property wealth per pupil varied greatly, as it continues today” (Ikpa 469). The current system may be beneficial in high income neighborhoods where the tax rates are higher, but it is insufficient in low income neighborhoods. There is a large difference in higher income neighborhoods compared to lower income neighborhoods. This difference leads to further differences within the students’ education. Students and parents who live in higher income neighborhoods don 't realize the effect of funding schools with property tax because they
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