In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools are unconstitutional.
In 2018, on the 64th anniversary of that ruling, a lawsuit filed in New Jersey claimed that state’s schools are some of the most segregated in the nation. That’s because, the lawsuit alleged, New Jersey school district borders are drawn along municipality lines that reflect years of residential segregation.
The idea that school district borders carry years of history is the premise of a new report from the nonprofit EdBuild, which studies the ways schools are funded in the U.S.
The report starts with a number: $23 billion. According to EdBuild, that’s how much more funding predominantly white school districts receive compared with districts that serve mostly students of color….