Equal Funding, Too Much to Ask For

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Equal Funding, Too Much to Ask For A problem in American society today is the disparity in the quality of education between the social classes of this country. This problem occurs especially in areas of hardship. These poorer neighborhoods suffer from much lower standards in schools than richer areas of the country. Without quality education, many students will feel too much pressure and drop out of school or if they do graduate, will lack the basic skills necessary to exceed in higher education. Public schools in poverty stricken neighborhoods should receive the same funding as public schools in rich neighborhoods because the quality of the neighborhood should not affect whether a school receives better or worse funding. Public schools are meant to allow every child a chance to receive an education. However, the problem with our nation’s school system is that public schools are not receiving equal funding. The question becomes, how are public schools funded? According to the Hoover Institution, “In 2004-5, the funding distribution among federal, state, and local sources was 9 percent, 48 percent, and 43 percent, respectively” (Stanford). The disparity in public school funding comes from the 43 percent represented by the local funding. Local funding comes from property taxes, which means the schools in rich areas have a greater funding pool than the schools in poor areas. This isn’t fair to the students. Just because you were born in a poor neighborhood, you must now attend a school with inadequate funding. As a great teacher once wrote, “Public schools are there to serve the public, not perpetuate class inequality.” All public schools should receive the same amount of funding per student. It is the only way to make public schools fair for everyone. A key reason for the poor education in these schools is the lack of funding by the state as well.
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