More than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools are unconstitutional our schools are more segregated than they were in 1968. Over half of the nation’s preK-12 students live in poverty and 70 percent of the nation’s African American and Hispanic students attend a Title I school located in concentrated poverty. Yet, Title I schools receive less funding than schools in wealthier areas.
A 2011 study from the U.S. Department of Education showed that almost half of Title I schools received less money than non-Title I schools in the same district. This denies children an equal educational opportunity and undermines the purpose of these federal dollars.
The National Urban League has more than 100 years of experience providing direct services to underserved and vulnerable communities, and we know that this type of funding scheme will never give every student the opportunity to succeed. As a member of the congressionally chartered Equity and Excellence Commission, we recommended bold action to fix this problem and ensure resource equity in our schools.
Read my op-ed column in The Hill for more information.