Opinion: Why public funds should completely cover public education

08/26/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Schools are cutting electives, reducing hours, raising extracurricular fees and relying on donations to cover gaps left by inadequate public funding. Such measures are unfair because they are disproportionally felt by low-income families, who may not be able to afford to pay fees for school materials or activities, write two leaders of Columbia University's Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College in this piece. Most states are required to ensure everyone has equal access to quality public education, they argue, and they should adhere to that philosophy.

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