Reform System for School Funding to Make It Equitable to All Schools

Reform System for School Funding to Make It Equitable to All Schools

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The current system for school funding in Virginia is based on the money grossed from the surrounding houses' property tax. This system leads to schools in high-poverty areas to financially struggle, while schools in low-poverty areas strive. Schools with financial struggles may not be able to afford the technology needed for a beneficial learning environment, which could affect what a student learns in school. Therefore, many students who live in these low-income areas do not have the same educational experience compared to the students who live in wealthier communities. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s article on high-poverty schools, students in high-poverty schools have less access to core subjects and struggle with state and local funding for teachers. Additionally, approximately less than 50 percent of high-poverty schools offer physics and calculus courses, and teachers are twice as likely to be new teachers compared to low-poverty schools. Many other bodies of evidence, such as the Center for American Progress, show that increased spending on education leads to better outcomes for students. For this reason, changes need to be made to benefit equality among schools in Virginia. To reform this system, officials can change how money is distributed to each school. Instead of schools depending on the surrounding properties, The Virginia Department of Education should divide the property taxes of Virginians so all schools receive the same amount of money. With this change, students and teachers alike living in high-poverty areas will receive the same educational opportunities as students living in low-poverty areas. This will create a healthy, safe, and beneficial learning environment for all schools in Virginia.

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