The Difference Between Equality and Equity

School Funding | 03/18/2019

Brianna Aloisio
Policy and Government Affairs Manager

You probably have a good understanding about the definition of equality, but what about equity? 

Here's a simple explanation to help you understand the difference between these two terms: Equality is giving everyone the same. Equity is helping everyone get to the same level. 

So what role does equity play in school funding? 

Equitable school funding means lifting up school districts that have fallen behind their counterparts due to a lack of sufficient resources and programs to help students succeed.

Given the different life experiences of students and the characteristics that shape us as unique individuals, we cannot expect to give every student the same amount of resources and have them wind up at the same place. We must identify the needs of schools and student populations and adjust funding accordingly. That's why an update to the 26-year-old education funding formula is long overdue!

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