Thursday, March 30, 2017

Equality in education by Marc Carter

 It has been ruled by national law, that every student should receive an equal quality education. As it is currently, schools are not even close to equal. Take a recent discovery in St. Louis, for example. There, thirty different schools had their water fountains shut down due to the amount of lead in the water. Many of these schools are many years old and are in desperate need of repairs. One school has a hole in the middle of their gymnasium over three feet wide in diameter.
Only a few miles away is Reed Elementary School in Ladue, Missouri. This town is often ranked among the nation’s wealthiest cities. Here, the water will come from new fountains obtained entirely by fundraisers of selling engravings on walls, halls, rooms, and of course, these new fountains.
Only two zip codes away, children have been drinking poisonous water for years and years in schools with holes and leaks. Obviously these schools are not equal. So, how are we supposed to make them equal but still be fair? Money is the main factor that determines the total quality of a schools education, so this all has to do with how to give schools an equal amount of money. In the current system, schools receive a very small amount of federal funding. However, this money increases exponentially depending on the population of the students in the school. Most of the money comes from local taxes, such as property taxes in the areas that the school zone reaches. In this system, the rich get richer and the poor get, by comparison of the richer schools, poorer. In Arkansas most schools receive under 20% of the needed funds for the school to remain open and provide all of the needed facilities. In larger cities like New York, some of the schools get over 100% of the needed funds provided entirely by the government. This leaves them with even more money from local taxes and any other sort of independent sources of money. New methods of how to give schools an equal and fair amount of money are being created, however none of these new plans stand out as being the best without any sort of drawback.

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