The Haves Still Come Out Ahead: An Analysis of the Inequality of Allocation of Resources in Flint and Grand Blanc Public Schools
Chapman, Lannie Ka
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This research project will explore the primary reasons causing the inequality between well-funded public school districts and poorly-funded public school districts. This quest begins by looking at the disparity in local property taxes, which help fund local public schools. This taxing system creates inequality in that there is more money to fund the schools in richer areas; which are primarily located in suburbs where property is worth more. In contrast, there is less money to help finance public education in urban areas, where property is worth less, (Persell 1977). I will begin by explaining and justifying my research design and case selection. This research project will then document the funding inequalities among public schools today. The second section will compare and contrast two neighboring school districts in Michigan: Flint, an urban poor school district, and Grand Blanc Michigan, an affluent neighboring suburban district. The final section will argue in favor of pragmatic policy reforms that will begin to level the playing field and give all students a opportunity to have a equal education.