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The Price of Opportunity

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This AERA submission asks difficult questions about what Kantor and Lowe (2013) call “educationalizing the welfare state.” We investigate the funding and outcome implications when policymakers take only minimal steps to address concentrated poverty, racism, and structural inequalities and instead ask school systems to become the “Great Equalizer.” We define a “Great Equalizer” public school system as one that counterbalances the unequal opportunities that children experience outside of school. Using a modified professional judgment panel (PJP) approach asking expert practitioners to apply a “Great Equalizer” standard, we estimate the funding needed to create a school system that compensates for societal inequities, providing new generations with relatively equal chances at success.