We wanted to share this valuable article from NPR with our readers concerning why American schools don’t have enough money. Simply put, the answer lies in the method though which schools receive most of their funding: local property taxes.
In areas where property taxes are high, or where there are a large number of property owners who are successful in local business, or own homes that are appraised at high values, the income stream is greater than in poorer districts where residents either don’t own their homes or own homes of lower value, and where local businesses do not generate much tax revenue.
For the past six months, NPR’s Ed team and 20 member stations have explored why the income for neighboring school districts is so disparate. The “School Money” project researches how states pay for public education and why so many schools are not meeting the needs of the most vulnerable students.
On average, New York, Alaska, and Wyoming each spent more than $17,000 per student in 2013, while California, Oklahoma and Nevada spent roughly half that. NPR has a table on their site where you can look up your own state’s information for per student spending.
Find out more on the NPR website as they explore this “School Money” problem in a three part series.
Pat Wyman is a college professor, best-selling author of several books, founder of HowToLearn.com, neurosicence expert and known as America’s Most Trusted Learning Expert.