State governments should work hard to narrow a gap in the amount of money that high-poverty and low-poverty school districts receive.
lthough the years of the economic bubble showed promise for equality, the disparity between high-poverty and low-poverty school districts has started to grow again in recent years.
North Carolina has kept below the average discrepancy, but the governor and General Assembly - along with others across the country - should take the initiative in addressing inequality in the funding of education. The state government should commit to helping low-poverty school districts get the funding they need and to exploring ways that counties can increase their revenues for their school districts so they can satisfy their own funding needs.
The Education Trust, a research group that supports the No Child Left Behind policy, recently released a report that shows a widening gap in funding per student between poor and wealthy districts, with the national average difference being $868 in 2002.