School finance policy choices at the federal, state, and district levels systematically stack the deck against students who need the most support from their schools, according to a report by the Education Trust.
The report, Funding Gaps 2006, builds on the Education Trust's annual studies of funding gaps among school districts within states. For the first time the report includes data and analysis on:
How federal Title I funds widen rather than narrow the education funding gaps that separate wealthy states from poor states; and
How funding choices at the school district level provide enhanced funding to schools serving higher concentrations of affluent students and white students at the expense of schools that serve low-income students and students of color.