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ADVISORY: Gov. Rendell to Discuss Stealth Inequities of School Funding

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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

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Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 19, the Center for American Progress will host an event to examine how state and local school finance systems perpetuate inequitable student spending. Opening remarks will be provided by former Gov. Ed Rendell, who tackled these issues when he was governor of Pennsylvania. Professors Bruce Baker and Sean Corcoran will discuss the findings of a new CAP report identifying often-overlooked features of school-funding systems that tend to exacerbate inequities in per-pupil spending rather than reduce them. In addition, a panel of esteemed experts will discuss the importance of addressing funding inequity and the challenges facing reform efforts.

Too many children—often low-income children and children of color—are denied access to high-quality education because they attend schools that are underfunded and under resourced. All 50 states have adopted school-funding formulas—systems for distributing state aid—that are often aimed at addressing and reducing funding inequities. But many of these systems fail to achieve this goal and differences in per-pupil spending between low-income and high-income communities persist.

Welcoming remarks:
Cynthia Brown, Vice President of Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Opening remarks:
Gov. Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Featured presentations:
Bruce Baker, Professor, Rutgers University
Sean Corcoran, Associate Professor, New York University

Distinguished Panelists:
Bruce Baker, Professor, Rutgers University
Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools
Jose Torres, Superintendent, School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois
Gov. Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Moderated by:
Cynthia Brown, Vice President of Education Policy, Center for American Progress

September 19, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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