The Importance Of Inequality In Education

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It has been no secret that this past election has directed some major attention on public education. Not only has the spotlight been on the relationship between growth and performance, there has been an increasing focus on the funding for public education- where does it come from and how/who is it allocated to? Typically, school districts that tend to show lower performance rates are those that fall beneath the poverty line or title one schools. President Barack Obama, in order to combat this unfortunate manifestation of inequality, signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in December 2015. This legislation was created, “with the intention of equalizing access to education for all students in the United States, regardless of race or socioeconomic status” ("Every Student Succeeds Act.").
ESSA encompassed many fundamental requirements to fight the inequality among schools. As stated by the U.S. Department of Education it: mandated that all students be taught to a high standard that will prepare them for their future endeavors, whether it be college or a profession, endorsed fairness by protecting those individuals who were disadvantaged by either social or economic status, and keep academic establishments accountable for not creating a positive change in struggling schools that have low graduation and performance rates. Many of these provisions, for the first time, highlighted the gap, not just between income within our society, but within our education system. Cities,
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