For the finale of Season 2, we’re joined by Dr. Shelly Arsneault, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at California State Fullerton, who is collaborating on an upcoming book called Our Kids, Our Money, and Our Schools: The Persistence of Inequality in Public School Finance. We discuss the many ways in which private money is funneled into public schools – which schools get it, what they use it for, and what the impact is on the overall system of public education.

From PTAs to booster clubs, to education foundations, we see resources flowing into the schools with the least needs, further contributing to systemic inequities.

Check out:
-Robert Putnum’s Our Kids
-An American Sociological Association article on the link between income inequality and parental investment
Reporting from NPR on a poll reporting no increase in life satisfaction from getting into a “good” college or university.
-A report from The Center for American Progress on the role of parent contributions to school finance.
-California Supreme Court case Serrano v. Priest
And, to prep for Season 3 . . .
-Noliwe Rooks Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education
-Amanda Lewis and John Diamon Despite The Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools
-Rucker Johnson (due out April 16th – preorder now!) Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

We’ll be taking a few weeks off, recording some more conversations, and working on a series of episodes talking about Brown v Board of Education. As many of you know, May marks the 65th anniversary of the court decision, and we’re excited to dig into some of the misunderstandings that we have about the origins of Brown and the aftermath.

Let us know what you think of this episode, suggest future topics, or share your story with us – @integratedschls on twitter, IntegratedSchools on Facebook, or email us [email protected].

The Integrated Schools Podcast is produced by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. Audio editing and mixing by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.

Let us know what you think of this episode, suggest future topics, or share your story with us – @integratedschls on twitter, IntegratedSchools on Facebook, or email us [email protected].

The Integrated Schools Podcast is produced by Courtney Mykytyn and Andrew Lefkowits. Audio editing and mixing by Andrew Lefkowits. Music by Kevin Casey.