In pouring cash into school districts, Washington is using a tangle of well-worn federal formulas that seem to take little account of who needs the money most, reports the New York Times. Some of these formulas benefit states that spend more per pupil, while others help states with large concentrations of poor students or simply channel money based on population. As a result, some districts that are well off will find themselves swimming in cash, while some that are struggling might get too little to avoid cutbacks. Still, educators are accepting the disparities without challenge. Utah, which stands to get...

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