Education: Dividing the Cake

For years, middle-class parents of school-age children have fled the cities to inviting suburbs, to take advantage of their superior school systems. They were better because the property was richer there, and the property taxes that support most school systems produced more money for better buildings, better teachers, better facilities. Poorer districts in the cities simply could not compete. Incomes were lower, property values were lower and there were far more kids crowded into far less space. Even if tax rates were raised to the limit, the resulting income could not provide anything but minimal schooling.

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