The Increase Funding For Urban Schools At The Achievement Gap?

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Debatable Question:
Should Gov. Dayton increase funding for urban schools to close the achievement gap?

Minnesota has ranked the highest in in ACT scores for the nine year in a row (Lonetree, 2014) Minnesota is also ranked in first place in the standardized fourth grade math test scores. (McGuire, 2013). This is the news that made the headlines in 2013, but what wasn’t mentioned was the staggering gap in achievement between white and minority students. Minnesota is said to be one of states with the widest achievement gap in the nation. The minorities students are struggling to achieve in the same way their white counterparts are. Last year, “85 percent of white students, 56 percent of black students and 58 percent of Hispanic students graduated” (Brandt &McGuire, 2014, p.1). This is a significant improvement from what it used to be, but there still is a wide gap and minority students continue to fall behind. Many of the minority students are attending urban school districts, whereas those who are in suburban school districts are white. This is why a disparity can be seen when comparing suburban districts to urban districts. Urban schools have many unique struggles that suburban schools don’t have. Urban schools have a large immigrant population. In addition, urban districts are usually populated by minorities who are struggling financially. This is a problem for urban schools in that it creates a barrier between students and their families. Families who are in poverty…

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