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Angela Moran

Prof. Kays

ENG 102-22

Feb 11th 2017

Annotated Bibliography

Unequal Distribution of Public School Funds

Kuczynski-Brown, Alex. "Public School Funding Unequal: State and Local School

Finance Systems Perpetuate Per-Student Spending Disparities." The Huffington Post.

TheHuffingtonPost.com, 20 Sept. 2012. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.

This article talks about the varying educational finances in low-poverty schools compared

to high-poverty schools. Similarly, it states that there are federal and state programs specifically

dedicated to account for differences in educational cost across schools and districts. However,

these programs arent very successful and most money is funneled in to low poverty districts. I

believe that the article did a great job of putting into prospective the finical disparities across

schools. The article presented factual information that was easy to understand. The article also

gives insight on steps that need to be taken to fix the problem. This relates to my topic because it

brings to light the problem of inadequate funding of high poverty schools related to low poverty

schools. Anyone that interested in the topic would find this source useful and very informative.
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Semuels, Alana. "Good School, Bad School, Rich School, Poor School." The Atlantic. Atlantic

Media Company, 26 Aug. 2016. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.

This article focuses on the school districts in Connecticut to put in perspective

what goes on across the county. This article gets into the background of public education but

mainly focuses on the disparities between high and low poverty districts. The source was

successful in making the reader understand the problems as well as providing solutions. It also

provided lots of background and detailed information. The article goes in-depth on the topic of

inequality in the school system due to the way funds are collected. Reading this article helped

with my research because I learn new information that I didnt get from any other source. This

article contributed to my knowledge about unequal distribution of public schools funds.

Biddle, J. Bruce, Berliner, and C. David. What Research Says about Unequal Funding for

Schools in America. In Pursuit of Better Schools: What Research Says. Rep. ERIC document

reproduction service no. ED473409. Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY., 2002. Web. 12

Feb. 2017.

This report looks at the features of financial inequities in the educational system. It also

emphasizes the variances in public school funding that can be seen within states and across the

country. The disadvantage of students in lower poverty areas which indicates schools that arent

well funded are also discussed in this report. This report provides a wealth of information. It

offers information on reasons for unequal funding, funding in other countries, studies and

research conducted along with many other things. The information is all well-organized. This
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makes it easy to locate any information you may be looking for. This source is extremely

suitable for anyone doing research on the topic of unequal school funding. It is unbiased and


Lewis, Anne C. "Unequal State Funding." Education Digest 73.8 (2008): 74. OmniFile

Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

This Journal talks about the unequal state funding of schools in America. It also goes into

detail about ways to improve the problem of unequal funding. I dont think this source provided

a lot of information. And the information provided was pretty general. However, the solutions

proposed were actually good and practical solutions to the problem. I would recommend this

article to anyone that just wants standard information. Also, if anyone is interested in solutions to

the problem of inadequate public school funding.

Brown, Emma. "Inequitable School Funding Called one of the Sleeper Civil Rights

Issues of Our Time." The Washington Post. WP Company, 8 June 2015. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

This article focuses on how the public education system is inadequate and inequitable. It

also talks about how the school funding issue is a civil rights issue. The article talks about how

ignoring the unaccommodating factors of our education system is ignoring human rights. They

say this because poorer students tend to go to schools that dont have money. Therefore, they are

left with inadequate supplies and resources to be successful. This article gave a new perspective

on the problem of poor funding for public schools. I think the article couldve given a little more
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information on the subject. Nevertheless, a reader can still get an understanding of the topic from

reading this article. The article will also give them a different viewpoint on the matter.