Arithmetic of inequality: Path to education funding reform fraught with deals from the past

Gardenia Avenue in Madison Heights is a stark dividing line for education equity in Detroit’s suburbs.

On the south side of the street, children living in the Madison District Public Schools get $8,111 in taxpayer support for their education each year.

On the north side, students in the Lamphere school district get $10,789 contributed to their education each year — 33 percent more than the kids across the street.

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