Education reformers often begin with the premise that American schools are failing to meet the needs of the modern era. Nationwide, average spending per pupil in K-12 education continues to grow while student performance on reading and math proficiency tests stagnates. There is also a concern for the overall competitiveness of the American education system and the ability of some school districts with greater need and fewer resources to keep pace with state expectations.
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