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Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity

Most racial and ethnic segregation—and most financial inequities—in American public schools occur between, not within, school districts. Solving these problems often requires interdistrict solutions based on cooperation within regions. This report uses three examples (Boston, MA; Hartford, CT; and Omaha, NE) to explore how interdistrict desegregation plans with innovative funding strategies have been designed, financed, and implemented. The report describes programs’ academic and social outcomes and identifies four lessons for policymakers: Secure a metropolitan-wide agreement; establish a clear vision for educational equity; sustain efforts with equitable resources; and create a strong data and evaluation plan.

Keywords
education policy; equity; equitable school finance; Boston, MA; Hartford, CT; Omaha, NE
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EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Brittain, John, Larkin Willis, and Peter W. Cookson Jr.. (). Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity. (EdWorkingPaper: -187). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://edworkingpapers.org/ai19-187

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