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

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