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Poor Schools Shortchanged on Funding

There is a direct correlation between poor performance of schools and low income.

The U.S. Department of Education found that half of all high-poverty schools, including some that get Title I money were at least 10 percent below the average school in their districts in terms of state and local aid.  More than 40 percent of Title I schools spent less on personnel personnel per student than non-title I schools serving the same grades in the same district.  Federal law requires that districts give high-poverty schools the same share of state and local dollars as their other schools before they can tap Title I dollars.

It should be obvious to all those who care that we need to have a level playing field – that is where all schools in one district get treated fairly.  Title I schools with lower-paid, less experienced teachers get less state and local money than a non Title I school in the same district.

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