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The Cruel Divide: How California’s Education Finance System Shortchanges its Poorest School Districts

The Cruel Divide: How California’s Education Finance System Shortchanges its Poorest School Districts

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A new report released today paints a step-by-step picture of startling inequities in California’s system of education funding that harm our state’s poorest school districts. In The Cruel Divide: How California’s Education Finance System Shortchanges its Poorest School Districts, The Education Trust—West reveals that California’s highest poverty districts—those with the largest concentrations of low-income students—receive $620 less per student from state and local sources than the state’s wealthiest districts. For a mid-sized school district of 6,000 students, that amounts to over $3.7 million per year.

ETW has put together a web tool that allows you to search for a school district's per-pupil state and local revenues.  Click here to access the tool.   

Publication date: 
February 23 2012
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