For School-Supporting Organizations, What Does Equity Look Like?
Posted by William Penn Foundation on March 16, 2021
With the global pandemic, economic crisis, Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and a pivotal presidential election, we have experienced an enormous amount of change in the last several months. These events have placed a magnifying glass on the racial inequities Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) face in all sectors of America, particularly in our schools. These inequities are not new nor even a surprise to many. For instance, here in Pennsylvania, a study shows that current school funding perpetuates structural racism. Despite recent increases in state investments in K-12 education and the adoption of a funding formula that distributes funds in a fairer fashion, school districts that serve more Black and Brown students continue to receive less state funding than their fair share, while districts with greater white populations receive more.
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