Essay on Unequal Funding For Public Education

742 Words Dec 5th, 2014 3 Pages
What do you know about unequal funding in Education? Educating our future generation has always been key in our society. Academic success has been linked consistently to success in life. However, after years of providing free public education, there are still disparities in the resources a student receives. These disparities can carry many effects in a student’s life.

Our society has strived to maintain education a free and public institution. But where do the funds for public education come from? In the United States, most public schools are funded primarily through local property taxes. This results in better facilities, better teachers and resources for wealthier neighborhoods. (Guin) Funds for school are also distributed by federal and state income. Lower-income neighborhoods struggle with maintaining adequate facilities, up to date books and technology. Because taxable wealth such as, property or income, is lower in high poverty districts, poor districts will always raise fewer education dollars than wealthier ones. (Baker, Brian). To compensate for inequality, states’ schools funding formulas try to distribute more money to low-income districts but this is not always the case. (Frolich).

The topic of unequal funding in education has long been known but where does it stem from? Large funding differences appear at both the national and state level. Statistics are given yearly of what schools nationwide spend on students. The national average of student is…

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