Vox: How school funding can help repair the legacy of segregation

Cincinnati Law dean discusses implications of educational segregation

Majority non-white school districts in the U.S. get $23 billion less in funding every year than majority white districts, reports Vox. This gap in funding perpetuates racial inequality in the country and means that many Black students and students of color get a lower-quality education, according to Vox.

“All of the implications of not being able to get an education — these are linked to people’s ability to support themselves, to support their families, to have healthy communities,” UC College of Law Dean Verna Williams told Vox. Williams has studied reparations for educational segregation, and in 2006 published “Reading, Writing, and Reparations: Systemic Reform of Public Schools as a Matter of Justice” in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.

Experts say there is a path forward, including federal grants to close funding gaps among school districts and decoupling school funding from property taxes.

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