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Overcoming School Funding Inequality

Title I is the federal government’s $14.5 billion program aimed at combating inequalities in public education. A U.S. News & World Report investigative analysis uncovered that the formula used to distribute Title I dollars directs billions in funding to districts that are wealthier on average, failing to adequately help the low-income students it intends to serve. In fact, 20 percent of all Title I money for poor students – $2.6 billion – ends up in school districts with a higher proportion of wealthy families. How do billions of federal dollars get misdirected? How should the U.S. revise its policies to serve low-income students? What’s the most crucial first step?

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Learning Objectives

  1. What are the root causes of current education funding discrepancies?
  2. Why do schools in high concentrations of poverty need more resources?
  3. How can we fix education funding inequality?

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Organizer

Lucy Lyons, Dir of Public Relations & Communications, U.S. News & World Report


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