The focus of this independent study was to explore the funding inequalities that exist in the American public school system. This was achieved by exploring education's goals, measurements, problems, and funding history. The lack of inequality in public school funding was proven by examining the per pupil expenditures for the school districts of seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas. These per pupil expenditures were then compared with two quality measurements in order to establish a connection between school funding and quality. The per pupil expenditures were then compared with the local tax base in the area in hopes of finding a connection between local wealth and school funding. Finally a number of solutions were presented in hopes of solving the problem of inequalities in public schools. The control of spending by the state or federal branch of the government was favored.


Godek, Stephen C.


Urban Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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