Designed to Fail: Why Racial Equity in School Funding Is So Hard to Achieve

Designed to Fail: Why Racial Equity in School Funding Is So Hard to Achieve

by Roseann Liu
Designed to Fail: Why Racial Equity in School Funding Is So Hard to Achieve

Designed to Fail: Why Racial Equity in School Funding Is So Hard to Achieve

by Roseann Liu

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Overview

A provocative examination of how systemic racism in education funding is sustained.
 
For people who care about urban school districts like Philadelphia’s, addressing the challenges that these schools face often boils down to the need for more money. But why are urban districts that serve Black and Brown students still so perennially underfunded compared to majority-white ones? Why is racial equity in school funding so hard to achieve?

In Designed to Fail, Roseann Liu provides an inside look at the Pennsylvania state legislature and campaigns for fair funding to show how those responsible for the distribution of school funding work to maintain the privileges of majority-white school districts. Liu analyzes how colorblind policies, political structures, and the maintenance of the status quo by people in power perpetuate wide and deepening racial disparities in education funding. Taking a lesson from community organizers fighting for a racially equitable school funding system, Liu’s work is a bold call to address structural racism at the root and organize from a place of abundant justice.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226832715
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/11/2024
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 340,387
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Roseann Liu is assistant professor in the College of Education Studies at Wesleyan University and visiting assistant professor in Asian American studies at Swarthmore College. Prior to academia, she was a policy and program evaluation researcher and a public school teacher.
 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Critical Race Perspective on School Funding
Chapter 2: Policies and Structures That Protect White-District Domination
Chapter 3: Stopgap Efforts for a Systemic Problem
Chapter 4: Race-Conscious Losses and Colorblind Wins during the Hornbeck and Rendell Eras
Chapter 5: “Speaking with One [Colormute] Voice”
Chapter 6: Displacing Racial Equity
Chapter 7: Broadening Our Vision for School Funding
Acknowledgments
Appendix A
Appendix B
Notes
References Cited
Index
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