“The funding gap is largely the result of the reliance on property taxes as a primary source of funding for schools. Communities in overwhelmingly white areas tend to be wealthier, and school districts’ ability to raise money depends on the value of local property and the ability of residents to pay higher taxes.” WaPo’s Laura Meckler on the massive school funding gap. Consider this stat: “Overwhelmingly white school districts received $23 billion more than predominantly nonwhite school districts in state and local funding in 2016, despite serving roughly the same number of children.”

+ Jonathan Kozol has been writing eloquently about this for decades. If you want to know more about the topic, his book Savage Inequalities is a great place to start.