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educational funding, inequality, Southern United States, high schools




Educational funding budgets and sources vary from state to state, but in the southern United States, inequality in educational funding is a prevalent issue, especially in rural districts. The South’s economy has been historically behind when compared with other regions of the US; the South’s economic issues carry over into school funding and negatively affect students and teachers. Government policies concerning public school funding, systematic racial inequality, and economic inequality in the southern region contribute excessively to the problem of funding inequality. As a result, students in underfunded schools suffer a lack of access to much-needed mental health resources, higher chances of dropping out and developing behavioral issues. The consequences of educational funding inequality have long-term effects on students and the American economy. Changing government policies that determine the way schools are funded could be instrumental in giving every student a chance at a bright future.