When it comes to school funding, teachers want two things: for schools to have enough resources to cover basic needs (ahem, more copy paper to start!) and for those resources to be targeted towards the students who need them most.
Well… and we know you won’t find this shocking... that’s not happening.
Nonwhite school districts get $23 billion less than white districts. Yes, that is $23 BILLION, which is super messed up and, frankly, unacceptable.
No one knows better than teachers that behind these numbers are real people with real stories, and they’re hurting. E4E-Minnesota member and rock star Monica Johnson has been in the classroom for more than 20 years and has seen how this funding gap can squash a child’s future. Check out Monica’s story in the latest edition of Chalk Talk, where she shares why this shameful system keeps her up at night.
Data shows that almost every teacher is feeling the squeeze of inequity.
And in an E4E member survey last month, an overwhelming 94% of our readers (educators and supporters like you) said they supported higher salaries for teachers in schools serving high-needs populations.
That’s why teachers like Monica are speaking out.
Every teacher knows money matters (and the research confirms it!). In each of our chapters, educators have worked to put a spotlight on this issue so our kids can get the support they deserve.
Not to be outdone, in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Boston, and Minnesota, E4E teachers came up with fresh ideas on how to overhaul their state’s funding streams to make sure every kid can attend excellent schools.
Like Monica says, “people outside of the classroom don’t understand the impact of funding on kids.” One of the easiest things you can do to make an impact on this issue is simply sharing ED Build's report with your colleagues and friends so they can better understand this complicated issue.