The Baltimore Sun posted an article about the allocation of funds for Title 1 schools in the coming school year. Somehow, the poorest counties in the state got overlooked. Majority of the money is going to Montgomery county, which has some of the wealthiest areas.
“The answer [to this phenomenon] lies in a complicated and outdated formula that’s used to distribute the Title I money – a formula that’s resulted in a series of significant funding discrepancies that can shortchange school districts with high concentrations of poverty, and benefit larger districts and big urban areas instead of poorer, rural districts and small cities.”
I can’t help but mention when you read the article, that I think being in the Baltimore Sun made them a little biased. Somerset County is actually the poorest county in the state and would be able to do a great deal of good with some of those reallocated funds.
An article in the Baltimore Sun compares funding from the federal education program, Title 1, finding differences between per-student funding from county-to-county in Maryland while an article in US News and World Report looks at the trend nationwide. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties all have poverty rates […]