New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones. See more national education news here

| November 10, 2020

We’ve long known about spending disparities from one district to another; new federally mandated data lays bare within-district inequities, too

By Tara García Mathewson • The Hechinger Report

At Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Nearly 90 percent of the school population is considered low-income and nearly three-quarters are labeled English learners, meaning that the state language arts test assesses their reading and writing ability in a language they’re still trying to learn.

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