The under-funding of Latinx-serving school districts

Bruce Baker, Robert Cotto

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An analysis of school district spending across the U.S. reveals 66 districts where the students face much greater needs than in surrounding districts (i.e., child poverty is more than 20% higher) but where per-pupil spending is less than 90% of the region’s average. This not only means that they have less money to spend on children who require more expensive services and supports, but it also puts them at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to hiring and retaining high-quality teachers and staff from the local area. These districts tend to be located in small to mid-size cities, and they serve disproportionately large numbers of Latinx students.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalPhi Delta Kappan
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Latinx
  • School
  • area
  • data
  • disadvantage
  • district
  • funding
  • region
  • relative
  • spending
  • student


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