An article in the Baltimore Sun compares funding from the federal education program, Title 1, finding differences between per-student funding from county-to-county in Maryland while an article in US News and World Report looks at the trend nationwide.
As reported by the Baltimore Sun,
Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties all have poverty rates of less than 20 percent, and yet, he [Jeff Simering, director of legislative services at the Council of Great City Schools] said, they are allocated more money per low-income student than some of the poorest districts.
As reported by US News and World Report,
The answer [to this phenomenon] lies in a complicated and outdated formula that’s used to distribute the Title I money – a formula that’s resulted in a series of significant funding discrepancies that can shortchange school districts with high concentrations of poverty, and benefit larger districts and big urban areas instead of poorer, rural districts and small cities.
For more information, see the full story from the Sun and the article from US News and World Report, Title I: Rich School Districts Get Millions Meant for Poor Kids.