These charts from Georgetown professor Marguerite Roza paint a stark picture of education finance in America’s biggest cities:
Throwing huge amounts of money at the public school systems in these big cities hasn’t improved test scores or any measure of school quality, but it has corresponded with a stampede of kids out of the school system. Some families have chosen private schools. Others have moved out. The poorest families—mostly minorities—who can’t afford private alternatives are the victims. Don’t the lives of Black and Hispanic children matter?