Urban Legends, Desegregation and School Finance: Did Kansas City Really Prove that Money Doesn't Matter?

Green, P., & Baker, B. (2006). Urban legends, desegregation and school finance: Did Kansas City really prove that money doesn’t matter? Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 12, 57-105.

25 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2014

Date Written: February 1, 2014

Abstract

This Article examines whether conservative critics are correct in their assertion that the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) desegregation plan clearly establishes that no correlation exists between funding and academic outcomes. The first section provides a summary of public education in KCMSD prior to 1977, the beginning of the Missouri v. Jenkins school desegregation litigation. The second and third sections analyze whether the Jenkins desegregation and concurrent school finance litigation (Committee for Educational Equality v. State) addressed these problems. The fourth section provides an overview of school finance litigation and explains how KCMSD desegregation plan has been cited as proof by conservatives that no correlation exists between educational outcomes and academic performance. The final section uses national and state level data on school funding and student outcomes to determine whether their assertions are correct.

Suggested Citation

Green, Preston, Urban Legends, Desegregation and School Finance: Did Kansas City Really Prove that Money Doesn't Matter? (February 1, 2014). Green, P., & Baker, B. (2006). Urban legends, desegregation and school finance: Did Kansas City really prove that money doesn’t matter? Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 12, 57-105.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2389429

Preston Green (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut ( email )

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