We are U.S. News reporters who spent 6 months investigating how rich school districts get billions of federal money meant for poor kids. Ask Us Anything.
We are U.S. News reporters who spent 6 months investigating previously unreported aspects of school funding inequality – specifically, how rich school districts get billions of federal money meant for poor kids.
Our investigation revealed how the federal government’s largest K-12 education program increases the inequality it was created to stop. Title I was created in the Civil Rights era to ensure that poor children received the same education as rich children. Each year, the federal government sends more than $14 billion to school districts through a complicated set of formulas that are used to distribute the money.
Through our investigation, we found that 20 percent of the funds – nearly $3 billion – end up in rich school districts. Although many people want to change the formulas to send more money to poor schools, politics repeatedly gets in the way.
Education Reporter Lauren Camera and Data Editor Lindsey Cook will be here to answer your questions beginning at 1 p.m. EDT. Ask us anything about education, school funding or data-driven stories.
Watch a short introduction video here. The story includes data visualizations that allow you to look up your local school district, compare it to others, and see if it would benefit from possible changes to the formula.
Edit: We're going to step away to do some work now. We'll be back to answer more questions at 4 p.m. EDT, so keep them coming.
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Edit 3: We're happy to see there's so much interest in this topic! We're stepping away for now, but we'll come back and answer more questions when we have time tonight and tomorrow, so keep them coming.
Edit 4: We have to shut this down now so that we can do more journalism! Thank you for all of your questions. We really enjoyed talking with you all about the story.