The purpose of this article is to expose the government effort to better school systems in the United States of America. Though the government faces its challenges, the positive stride to better the school through reforms is overwhelming. For many years schools in wealthy neighborhoods had the advantage over schools in poor neighborhoods when comparing educational levels. Therefore, there has been a sense of urgency on the government side to close the gap between schools in wealthy neighborhoods and schools in poor neighborhoods. The goal is not to improve schools in one major area of the United States, or to improve school subjects. The goal is to improve schools everywhere in the United States of America.
Through many years, the government has tried to form reforms that will better schools in low income areas. The federal government has passed laws that forced local government to better schools through their districts regardless of the school and district sizes. There have been funds available for schools to improve in many areas such as math, science, and reading. Also, teachers are given incentives to teach in low income areas to help improve students' test scores. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) not only challenges schools to better their teachers and students, but the federal government has put pressure on themselves to better the school system overall.
People have been focused on the negative aspect of government reforms to better the school systems in the United States. The government has been heavily criticized for practicing bias in the school systems toward African Americans and Hispanics. History has shown that the government is trying very hard to better the school systems through implementing reforms and alternative funds to help better the school system in every subject. This research is to bring forth the positive effect of the reforms to better students by providing each of them the equality to learn regardless of their background or their socioeconomic status. The reforms are to force the schools to act and rely on the resources proved by the federal, local, and state government. The problem is that not enough good is being said about the efforts by the government to better the school system. Instead many have criticized every reform. Though there is no such thing as perfect reforms, but the good outweighs the bad. The research will briefly mention some of the major changes in school financing to show the government efforts to help close the achievement gap between students in low income areas and students in high income areas.
A very high percentage of students who live in low income areas are African Americans. This is due to the history of this country segregation. African Americans were not allowed to learn to read or have anything to do with books. Also, African Americans were forced to live together as a culture and were put in a position of working low wage jobs. These are the reasons why we have a high percentage of African American who lives in low income areas. Therefore, there is now an achievement gap among students who live in low income areas and students in high income areas. The government is now trying to do their best to close the achievement gap.