Right-wing extremists like to remind us that the Civil War ended more than 100 years ago, often claiming that black people have "had long enough" to shake off generations of slavery. It's time, they say, for blacks to compete on equal footing and to end any vestiges of affirmative action.
Now, thanks to the good work of The Center for American Progress, our response can be boiled down to a single damning fact:
On a per student basis, each white student receives about $334 more in district spending than each black student.
Hat tip to Progressive Pulse for digging up the story. More below the fold.
Racially-isolated schools such as those described in the report are associated with a higher share of students with special needs, more students who are at risk of failing, and the increased financial burdens related to educating students with other challenging educational obstacles. One would expect that racially-isolated schools such as these would receive the greatest share of federal funding rather than a disproportionately small one.
However, the federal government actually sends more money for teacher salaries to wealthier districts employing teachers who are more experienced and more likely to possess credentials like National Board Certification. This policy is mirrored in North Carolina, where the state sends more money to districts that have more experienced and highly skilled teachers than to districts with more inexperienced teachers. Both North Carolina and the Department of Education need to significantly alter the way they allot scarce education funding dollars to ensure that the money is actually reaching the students who need it most.