Federal Education Money Not Reaching Poor Students
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
A national report finds the federal government doesn't give poor students their fair share of education dollars. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Every year the U.S. Education Department gives states money to help students in low-income school districts. But the new report indicates school districts with high poverty rates actually get less money from the federal government than wealthy districts. Researcher Goodwin Liu says lawmakers use an education spending formula that rewards states for their wealth instead of their efforts to educate poor kids. He says educators won't close the achievement gap among poor and minority students if there's a funding gap.
Liu: We're not going to get there until we craft a school funding policy that is appropriate for achieving these goals.
Liu says California school districts get about $1,300 for ever poor child. But in Connecticut, districts get $1,900. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.
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