School Finance: Per-Pupil Spending Differences between Selected Inner City and Suburban Schools Varied by Metropolitan Area Page: 3 of 53
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Results in Brief 3
Spending Differences between Selected Inner City and Suburban
Schools Varied by Metropolitan Area 8
Inner City Schools Generally Faced Greater Challenges That May
Have Affected Student Achievement 17
Agency Comments 28
Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 29
Appendix II School Profiles 40
Appendix III GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments 47
GAO Contacts 47
Table 1: Total Enrollment and Percentages of Children in Poverty,
Students with Disabilities, and Students with Limited
English Proficiency for Selected Schools in the Seven
Metropolitan Areas Reviewed
Table 2: Spending Per Pupil, Average Teacher Salary, Student-
Teacher Ratio, and Student-Support Staff Ratio at the
Median Spending School in Each Metropolitan Area
Table 3: Per-Pupil Spending with and without Federal Dollars for
Selected Inner City and Suburban Schools in Seven
Table 4: Metropolitan Areas Selected for Study
Table 5: Selected Inner City Census Tracts and Child Poverty Rates
Table 6: Selected Suburban School Districts' Child Poverty Rates
Table 7: School Characteristics, Assessment Measure, and
Table 8: Regression Results for Factors Explaining Differences in
Per-Pupil Spending at Selected Schools
GAO-03-234 Inner City Schools
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United States. General Accounting Office. School Finance: Per-Pupil Spending Differences between Selected Inner City and Suburban Schools Varied by Metropolitan Area, report, December 9, 2002; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc293682/m1/3/: accessed February 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.