47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Thursday, April 20 • 7:15am - 8:00am
TH7.15.05 Reframing Policy Questions Towards Equitable School Funding Models: What Will Be the Magic Words?

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The majority of public schools are funded by property taxes; those that are not sit on a historical foundation of such a funding model. Thus, there is an established cyclical relationship between race, property value, and school quality. In places with non-residential school choice policies, affluent (predominantly white) parents have greater ability to access high-quality educational opportunity than non-affluent (predominantly non-white) parents. In places without school choice policy, parents who can invest in property within high-performing school districts or enroll in private institutions effectively manufacture and implement their own system of school choice that excludes non-affluent families from equal opportunity.  Discussion questions: The onus for obtaining access to high quality education in urban settings is currently on parents. Given that parents will consistently choose the immediate best interests of their child over those of a sustainably equitable educational system, how can policy be leveraged to shift the onus for institutional change off of parents and on to state level government? What policy questions must be addressed in order to disrupt these reproductive cycles and move towards equity in school funding systems? Is it possible to frame arguments for equitable funding such that it does not result in prohibitive resistance from affluent communities?


Thursday April 20, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am CDT
Nicollet Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)