Across the country, communities are using their taxing authority to create their own school systems, seceding from their local district. In the wake of these changes, many school districts are becoming more segregated, and our neediest students more isolated.
When state laws allow wealthy municipalities to easily fence off their tax dollars and resources, they are increasing segregation and reducing opportunity for children in the communities left behind. States have a responsibility to make sure that school systems are fair and logical, so that all children can receive a quality education. When communities secede it is typically for their own benefit, but these changes have far reaching repercussions, well beyond their new borders.