ERIC Number: ED457254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-6
The Other Gap: Poor Students Receive Fewer Dollars. Education Trust Data Bulletin.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This analysis compares districts that educate the highest percentages of poor students with districts that educate the lowest percentages of poor students (it does not analyze the District of Columbia or Hawaii because each is served by a single school district). The study analyzed a specially constructed database containing demographic and finance data for over 15,000 school districts in 1996-97. Each district's purchasing power per student was calculated based on how much money it received from state and local taxes. In each state, the quarter of districts with the highest child poverty rates was compared with the quarter that had the lowest child poverty rates. Only 7 of 49 states had no funding gap. In 42 states, school districts with the most poor students had less money to spend per student than districts with the fewest poor students. The gaps have real consequences for the quality of education that low-income children received. For example, in North Dakota, which has the smallest gap, the $32-per-student difference translates into $12,800 for an elementary school of 400 students. In New York state, the $2,794-per-student gap translates into $1,117,600 for a 400-student elementary school. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Financial Support, Poverty, School District Wealth, School Districts
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Note: Analysis by Greg F. Orlofsky based on 1996-97 U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Census Bureau data.