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Report Shows Racial Inequalities In State, Local Funding For Schools

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A report issued by the Center for American Progress and Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) suggests racial inequalities in state and local funding in the nation's schools.

The report suggests that students of color are treated differently than their fellow white students because of "a federal loophole that permits districts to spend significantly less on schools with large populations of students of color."

According to the report, schools across the country spent $334 more on every white student than on every nonwhite student. Schools with 90 percent or more students who are white spent $733 more per student than mostly nonwhite schools, or schools with 90 percent or more of nonwhite students, according to the report.

The report also suggests that the United States spends $293 less per year on students in mostly nonwhite schools than on students in all other schools - 7 percent of the median per-pupil spending.

"The United States has the most inequitable system for funding its schools of any advanced country, and as this report shows, students of color bear the brunt of that inequity," Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress said in a statement.

You can read a summary of the report or download the entire report on the Center for American Progress website.

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