Re: True Story - Two School Districts [Ugly Truth]
Roughly equivalent "truth" as that of climate scientist Al Gore; "truthiness" is more like it. Standardized tests are bad because they tell the real truth, some kids don't do as well. Regarding funding, there is some
benefits of teachers being financially able to live in their district rather than commute from the ghetto so some funding differential may not be as bad as it looks. That said, California address this problem decades ago with the famous case known as the
Serrano Decision that equalized funding across LA County (and eventually across the state). In court, there were 3 representative districts, one very low, one in the middle, and one very expensive with local property tax school funding reflecting their districts.
After 30 years of equal funding, there was no change in tested outcomes (the results really are meaningful or at least should be - see SBAC and PARCC for counterexamples) there was essentially no change. In 1990, they switched to Saxon Math and the change
was immediate and profound. Lesson? Actually teach and use sensible stuff. The biggest difference in the wealthy districts is that they can and do find ways to make sure their kids learn in spite of the latest education fads at their local schools. Po'
folk usually don't have that option.