It’s impossible to equally fund all public schools, but California has come closest (“School Districts Battle in Court for Changes in Education Funding,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 9).
Rather than rely overwhelmingly on property taxes, which by their very nature result in vast disparities among schools, California provides 20 percent more in supplemental dollars for each low-income student, foster student and English learner. Those schools with large proportions of such students also receive an additional 50 percent in concentration funds.
Other states need to look to California as a way to equalize funding. It’s not a perfect model, but it’s far better than what exists now.
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