The poorest school districts receive, on average, 10% less than the wealthiest districts.
Yes, you read that right.
The poorest districts of the US get less government funding than the wealthiest.
Take Chicago Ridge Schools--a community with more than 25% living below the poverty line. It received just enough funding to spend $9,794 on each student (well below the national average of $11,850).
Yet an hour away sits Ronduot School in a wealthy suburban neighborhood that spends almost $29,000 on each of its 145 students.
Plenty of things. An underfunded school cannot adequately prepare their students for the professional workforce, which in turn makes the community less appealing to businesses.
With little business investments/ventures and low property value, poor districts simply don't have the tax revenue to fund their school, which cycles back into continuing the vicious cycle of underfunded schools.
What's even more scary is that this cycle of dilapidated schools is the fuel to the poverty cycle in the US. Students from poor communities are ensnared in a financial trap that takes generations to escape.
Why is funding for a school so important?
It's not unheard of for schools to use a history teacher to teach math because they don't have the money to hire more.
Better funded schools can afford more teachers with more experience and knowledge--and in turn increasing the quality of education for its students.
From history textbooks that still lists USSR as a country to biology textbooks that are missing half of its pages, underfunded schools struggle to provide the basic materials for success in the classroom.
Rich districts can also afford equipment like personal laptops that aids in learning--something that poor districts can't possible afford.
Wealthy districts can afford to run higher-level courses like calculus as they have the resources This in turn prepares their students to face college-level classes to creates more opportunities to allow student to explore their passion.
Poor districts don't even have the budget to run the most basic courses--much less considering better classes for their students.
Often an unseen consequence, violence, bullying, and harassment is more prevalent in poor schools where there are not enough teachers to enforce the code of conduct.
Students who has to go school in fear of being hurt physically can't possibly learn well and think creatively.
How are we helping?
We believe that every child deserves a good education. Across the US, we work tirelessly to help children in poor communities achieve more and realize their full potential.
We have made important impacts on school districts across the country. In the past two months, we have raised more than $2,500 for schools. We have received and allocated more than $25,000 from in-kind grants to further our cause. We have impacted more than 3,500 students and donated nearly $6,000 worth in textbooks.
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