Essay on Inner City School Systems

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The school system in America has long been an issue of discussion and debate amongst people everywhere. The discussions and debates often stem from evaluating the current educational system in order to determine if significant social issues, including increasing regional poverty and declining literacy rates in specific urban regions are related to economic differentiations in the educational system. Many policy analysts have considered the issue of educational funding allotments in order to determine a system that provides greater equity between socio-economically disadvantaged inner-city schools and wealthier suburban, middle class schools (Kozol 83). The foundation for the necessary funding changes have stemmed from the recognition that …show more content…
Thus this policy analysis action report will explore the question: “What are the funding problems with the disadvantaged inner-city schools and what can be done to fix them?”
Funding for public schools in general, is shifting from the federal level, to the state, county and city level, resulting in a need to consider the process by which funds are directed and integrated into public education. The complications with this shift in funding are defined as: “A fundamental trade-off between equity and efficiency objectives in the provision of public education [that] underlies the political tensions inherent in altering school funding responsibilities” (Duncombe and Johnston 145).
Money can often determine political action in America, and politicians fight hard at both the local and national level for the increasingly scarce education dollars. Unfortunately, poverty seems to breed societal problems, and the children and public schools of these poor districts need this education funding in order to break this cycle of poverty and societal problems.
Often in poor areas, schools do not get as much money per student as in areas that are more affluent because funding is based on the area’s tax base. Simply put, because poor residents pay less in taxes because of their lower incomes, they get less in social services, including the social service that is
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