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This Just In: Well Funded Schools CAN Make a Difference… BUT Many Schools Serving Children Raised in Poverty Are Systematically Underfunded

October 3, 2018

Medium blogger Jeremy Mohler recently analyzed the findings of a report from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) titled Confronting the Education Debt and came to a disturbing conclusion:

(The report) tells a tragic story: the rich are getting richer, and our public schools are broke on purpose. And it comes to an indisputable conclusion: black, brown, and low-income students and their schools are owed billions of dollars.

His synopsis of facts that support his hypothesis are astonishing:

Between 2005 and 2017, the federal government neglected to spend $580billion it was supposed to on students from poor families and students with disabilities. Over that same time, the personal net worth of the nation’s 400 wealthiest people grew by $1.57 trillion. (MY NOTE: Look at the difference between Billion and Trillion!) 

Seventeen states actually send more education dollars to wealthier districts than to high-poverty ones.

Over 1.5 million students attend a school that has a law enforcement officer, but no school counselor. The school policing industry was a $2.7 billion market as of 2015.

These three facts underscore the warped priorities of our nation: we have policies that:

  • transfer money designed to serve the disadvantaged to billionaires
  • send more money to affluent districts than high poverty ones in 1/3 of the nation
  • spend more on safety than we spend on support

But Mr. Mohler does flag another fact included in the report:

many public schools do in fact work, but only when they are fully resourced, which tends to be in white, middle class, and affluent communities.

The report also concludes what readers of this blog have read repeatedly: that injecting market forces into public education will accomplish worse than nothing. It will drain resources from public schools and divert them to profiteers… and the public schools serving children raised in poverty will be the most likely ones to become privatized since those are the schools that are “failing”. And why are they “failing”? Because in 17 states they are receiving less than affluent districts! The vicious circle of poverty continues…. and the sad reality is that we are doing nothing to break that circle.

 

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