East St. Louis Case Study

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1. East St. Louis (Life on the Mississippi)
-Explain the statement that in East St. Louis, the city is organized for adults and NOT children.

Overall, safety and poverty seem to be the main issues for children in the city of East St. Louis. Many of the families are said to live on less than 7,500$ a year and the city is basically described as a dump. With a lack of public services such as trach pick-up residents are forced to place their trash all over the city. Raw sewage is a big problem and even flows onto the playground for the children.
Not only is safety itself an issue, children are not made a priority which leads to the city more appealing to adults rather than children which is ironic seeing as though the city’s public education system is its
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San Antonio, TX
What does it mean to say that in San Antonio the poorer districts pay more taxes and receive less funding? What is the “Foundations Program” and why did it fail in San Antonio in their attempt to solve the problem of inequality?

Seeing as though San Antonio’s education funding is based on property value, poorer districts obviously receive less funding. However, the poor districts are required to pay the same tax rate that the wealthier districts pay but are unable to properly fund their schools whereas the wealthier districts are comfortably able to fund their schools and are much less affected by the tax rate compared to their lower-income counterparts. The Foundations Program was created to give freedom to districts to fund their own schools. The thought behind this program was that if a district wants to improve its schools, it can fund them itself rather than rely on the state. The problem is, while this program worked fine for wealthier districts, the poorer districts still lacked the proper funding to improve these schools. A way to fix this issue could be for all districts to work together and create partnerships in order to create one big fund to aid all schools in said
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