Property Taxes and School Funding
2012 funding data from the National Center of Education Statistics has released some shocking figures on spending in regard to the poorest school districts in the nation. In 23 states the local governments spend less per pupil in the poorest school districts than in the richest districts. This comes at a time when more than half of our public school students are living in poverty.
States like Pennsylvania and Illinois use a formula that uses property taxes to allocate funding. The higher the property tax the more funding for kids in that area, in effect giving more resources to the rich and fewer to the poor. This all too common system continues to give kids who already start out behind fewer resources.