Our findings suggest that spending differences between the inner city
schools and suburban schools in our review do exist, but these differences
for the most part depend upon the metropolitan area. In some
metropolitan areas, inner city schools spent more per pupil whereas in
others suburban schools spent more per pupil. Spending differences,
regardless of metropolitan area for the most part, seemed to be the result
of differences in salaries and student to teacher and staff ratios. However,
the very heavy concentration of poverty in inner city schools may place
them at a spending disadvantage, even when spending is equal.
the suburban schools, as well as the high-performing inner city schools we
visited, generally had more experienced teachers, lower enrollments, more
library books per child, and more parental in-school volunteer activities
than the other inner city schools in this study. These factors are important
to consider in improving the performance of inner city schools.