Lotteries as School Funding: The Game is Rigged

The state of California, like many others across the country, runs a lottery whose stated purpose is to increase funding for education. In practice, this government-run program results in a transfer of wealth of $449 million from lower-income to higher-income school districts. In California, poor neighborhoods pay much more into the lottery than their schools get out of it, while affluent areas contribute far less than their schools receive.

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Let's Rebuild the Future

EdBuild is a new non-profit dedicated to bringing common sense to our school funding system — allowing public schools to innovate and better serve their students and communities.

Dividing Lines

Our public education system has the potential to be the great equalizer of our time - bringing resources and opportunity to the kids that need it most. But the funding systems currently in place only serve to draw starker contrasts between the haves and the have-nots.

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The March of Poverty

For millions of Americans, poverty is an inescapable reality that demands daily attention. Since the Great Recession, 9.7 million more student age children now have to confront this experience every day. Unfortunately, these students aren’t spread evenly throughout our cities, towns and neighborhoods. All too often these students find themselves clustered and concentrated with peers that, on a daily basis, encounter the same difficult truths poverty enforces.

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Our Areas of Focus

  • Funding

    Delivery of education has changed drastically in the past 50 years, but the way we fund our schools hasn't kept up. Schools can't serve students in today's environment without adequate funding and maximum flexibility. We must stop funding the schools of today based on the delivery assumptions of the past.
  • Equity

    The way we fund our schools is arbitrary at best and regressive at worst. We need more equitable models of resource distribution that address the unique needs of individual students and their communities - no matter the zip code.

  • Access

    Our reliance on antiquated funding models bolsters arbitrary school district boundaries. In many communities, these boundaries lock students out of opportunity. Changing how we determine access to schools can open the gates to opportunity for children in our neediest neighborhoods.

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Our Work

  • Drive New Thinking

  • Drive New Thinking

    The way we fund schools does not align with 21st century education expectations. We provide policy makers with new ideas that encourage discourse and drive innovation.

  • Reveal Pathways of Change

  • Reveal Pathways of Change

    We think education finance policy is the key to modernizing schools. We track emerging research, conduct unique independent analysis, and partner with respected peers to reveal data-driven, evidence-based reforms and tactics that better serve students and their communities..

  • Implement Innovation

  • Implement Innovation

    Often, school funding models are isolated from the needs of the community. We help stake holders build programs and implement data-driven reforms to produce more funding, more equity and greater access.

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