Schools have been essential institutions in American education for centuries since the United States was founded, but how exactly are schools funded?
The United States uses a decentralized funding system for public primary and secondary schools meaning that the majority of funding comes from the state and local governments while roughly nine to ten percent of funding comes from the federal government. This means that wealthier neighborhoods are able to provide more funding for schools simply because the local taxes are higher.
So why doesn't the United States use a centralized funding system for public schools? To answer this question we must first go back to the 19th century. In the 19th century, a man's wealth was determined by how many acres of land he owned, meaning that if he owned more acres of land he was richer. When schools were first created, they were set up with predominantly local funding so that the only the rich could have access to quality education. In other words, those who owned more land could afford quality education. This setup continued into the twentieth century and still exists in the twenty first century, though the biggest difference today is that public schools are no longer segregated. This is also the reason that there are funding disparities in public school districts across the United States, and why underprivileged neighborhoods do not receive the same amount of funding and high quality services as wealthier neighborhoods. The underprivileged suffer from this outdated system.
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