Rich School Districts vs. Poor School Districts in Connecticut
From Danbury to Darien, Bloomfield to Bridgeport, are all of Connecticut's kids who attend public schools receiving the same level of education?
If you answered "no" to the above question, you're absolutely correct. According to niche.com and an article in theatlantic.com, one of the wealthiest states in the country has some of the worst schools in the country. How can that be?
According to niche.com, the top five school districts in Connecticut with an A+ rating are, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Weston, and Wilton. The Bridgeport School District gets a D+ and isn't even ranked. The same applies to Waterbury Schools.
This is what it all boils down to: Rich Schools = Good Schools and Poor Schools = Bad Schools.
School districts like Greenwich, Darien, and Westport spend substantially more money per student than a school district like Bridgeport. For example, during the 2014-2015 school year, the Westport school system spent $19,748 per student compared with Bridgeport's $13,705.
In Danbury, only $12,283 is spent per pupil. In Salisbury, located up in the northwest corner of Connecticut, $24,034 is spent on each student, which is why Salisbury schools are ranked near the top.
This is not a problem exclusive to Connecticut. Inequality is at the heart of schools all across America. The reason, according to an article in theatlantic.com, In most public schools across America funding is dictated by local property taxes. In poorer sections of the country where property values are much lower, so goes the property taxes which translates into schools that aren't being supplied with all the tools they need to be successful.
To find out where your school ranks in Connecticut, New York, or anywhere in the United States, visit on niche.com.
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