Budget Cuts In Public Schools

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Public school systems are intended to provide an equal and substantial education to all children who are enrolled from kindergarten through the twelfth grade in high school. However, many urban neighborhoods such as the areas in inner city Houston have been neglected in being provided with education that is of equal stature of those who reside in suburbs and smaller cities. Although budget cuts have happened to schools in the Houston area, urban area schools have been more affected by these cuts before their budgets were lower to begin with. Therefore, urban area schools lack access to education equal to those in suburban areas. This failure to provide equal education is due to economic inequality, teacher quality, and size difference between…show more content…
From the 20th century to the present, this gap has substantially widened. Due to this increase, suburb areas and large cities like the city of Houston have had budget cuts occur in their school systems as the economy has worsened. Of course, the budget cuts have affected the poor areas more because of the simple yet saddening fact that the poor had no money to begin with. The Chicago Tribune News Paper went on to observe this trend by having Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane conduct a study to see the difference between parents in rich and poor areas who place their children in enrichment programs like music or tutoring. Enrichment programs have been proven to improve the quality of the education a child a receiving. The results of the study was that even with the economic hardship that America has faced in the last several years, a children with wealthy families had $7,500 more dollars spent on enrichment programs than children of poor areas. Also, there was a 1,300 hour difference in the amount of time that children from wealthy backgrounds spend in education-nurturing environments than children of poor areas. This means that while children from rich backgrounds are spending time at violin lessons or after school tutoring programs, children from urban areas are playing in the streets or possibly getting involved with gang related activities. Past presidents of the United States have continued to discuss…show more content…
Public education in wealthy school districts is proven to be much more effective than education in urban areas. This gap of quality education can be attributed to economic inequality, teacher quality, and size difference between large cities and suburbs. Although there will never be a flawless solution to this problem of education imparity, it is still important for parents of all school districts to do what they can to help close this gap. The law suit that has been filed against school districts by the parents of Texas students in order to fight for equal education funding, is a big step on the path of improving education in urban areas. This law suit is still in the process of being fought. It is all too common that the poor or needy is neglected and the wealthy is in the spotlight. Education is something that should be equal for all people and the access to not only an education, but a SUPERIOR education should be obtainable for people of all socio economic statues. As the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen, one can expect for education standards in urban areas to continue to decline. It will become more common for teachers to transfer schools after one semester if education budgets are continued to be cut in the WRONG areas. A suggestion that has yet to be proposed is to begin transferring money from wealthier districts to poorer districts. Likely, the reason this
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