Sometimes school funding formulas leave some students with more resources and some students with less — even within a single city or neighborhood.
According to the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, traditional funding formulas lead to uneven funding distribution within districts. These historic differences in funding stemming from traditional school funding formulas matter because they exacerbate inequalities. A recent report by the Brookings Institution, Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues, said these intradistrict disparities “can undermine existing systems trying to close achievement gaps if it means the most at-risk students are not receiving their fair share of highly qualified teachers.”
Sheila Murray, Kim S. Rueben, Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues (2008)
Dylan Peers McCoy, Chalkbeat, Which Schools get the most money? Indianapolis Public Schools analysis reveals how schools compare (May 18, 2016)
Edunomics Lab, Georgetown: Student Based Allocation 101