Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Public Education: How Local School District Funding Practices Hurt Disadvantaged Students and What Federal Policy Can Do About It

Organization: Phyllis McClure, Ross Wiener, Marguerite Roza, and Matt HillIntroduction by: John Podesta and Cynthia Brown.Center for American Progress.

The four papers that make up this volume explore perhaps the most important component of this mismatch of U.S. educational resources — inequality in the funding of local schools by their own school districts. The authors arrive at some uniform conclusions about ineffective and inequitable educational spending by the federal government on Title I schools, and each one in a different fashion points the way toward solutions to a complex budgeting issue that is a root funding cause of our struggling public schools.