School Finance Equity


The question of educational equity involves the gap in achievement between minority and nonminority students. RAND has conducted research into the effects of grouping students by ability, preschool participation, charter programs, and school funding on schools' abilities to provide equal education to students of varying socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • A Syrian refugee teacher distributes books to her refugee students in the Karapurcek district of Ankara, Turkey, photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters


    Solutions for Educating Young Syrian Refugees

    Apr 21, 2016

    Approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees are school-age children. They face a slew of struggles, not the least of which is the lack of education that they need to move forward in life. What can be done to improve the access to and quality of refugee education?

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    The Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in PA Public Schools

    Jul 13, 2015

    Although Pennsylvania ranks high among U.S. states in average student performance, the achievement gaps between students classified by race-ethnicity, economic status, and parent education are among the widest nationally. Race-ethnic academic achievement gaps amount to an estimated annual cost of $1 billion to $3 billion in lost earnings.

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