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Rural school funding

This showed up on Gawker today

and of course it became all about the ACA stuff. What most people don’t want to talk about is the broken model for school funding.


Many states fund schools via property tax, but in a rural district the valuation of the land is low because by definition it is mostly open farmland or simply undeveloped. This means that to get enough money to function the property tax rate has to be higher than it would be in an affluent suburb. It just does not work.

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