Mostly white school districts received $23 billion more in funding in 2016 than districts that are predominately non–white, even though both groups serve roughly the same number of students, according to a report by research and advocacy group EdBuild.
The report, published Tuesday, found that the gap in funding was due in large part to the school-funding system’s reliance on local property taxes, as reported by The Washington Post. Majority white communities tend to be wealthier, and thus can afford to pay higher property taxes. That, in turn, impacts the local school districts’ ability to raise thousands more in funding. Read More