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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity

Public education in America is increasingly about educating our poorest, most disadvantaged, children. But our policies and funding formulas ignore this simple fact, leading to a massive failure to meet the challenge  before us. “Cheating Our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Educational Opportunity,” a joint report by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Education Law Center, shows that, in far too many states, our nation’s schools are in dire straits. The evidence from across the country is clear and compelling: our nation must dramatically increase the resources available for public education and, simultaneously, change the way those resources are distributed so that there is true equity in America’s classrooms.

Full Report (PDF)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter I: Higher Expectations: The New Challenge for Public Schools   

Chapter II: From the Courtroom to the Classroom

Chapter III: Equity Now, More than Ever

Chapter IV: How the Supreme Court Blocked Equity

Chapter V: Working through the Courts and the 50 States

Chapter VI: How the States are Faring

Chapter VII: The Start of an Equity Movement

Conclusion

Recommendations: Taking Action as a Nation

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