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Belmont Law Review

Abstract

American elementary and secondary school students have dramatically different educational experiences depending on the school in which they are enrolled. This raises an important question: where should we look to determine where any inequalities might lie? This Article discusses five different factors that contribute to inequalities within school districts. Part I addresses each of these in turn: school segregation; resource inequalities; gaps in private fundraising; school district secession; and the limitations of school choice. Taken together, these factors suggest that intradistrict inequalities create a complicated and difficult problem to solve. It is therefore imperative that if we are going to talk about education reform at the intersection of law, policy, and politics, we need to also talk specifically about intradistrict inequalities. Part II thus considers initial steps that might be taken to begin to eliminate some of these inequalities.

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