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Many think private philanthropy will fill in the gap when states defund education; research shows the contrary, and budget cuts increases the spread between rich and poor schools.

"Private philanthropy does not fill the gap when states reduce spending on education, a new study finds.

"In fact, it may help widen the gap in quality between rich and poor schools, according to an Indiana University researcher.

"Contrary to assertions by supporters of leaner government budgets, policies aimed at reducing states’ spending on education have "no effect" on charitable giving to public schools, said Ashlyn Nelson, associate professor of economics at Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, who conducted the study."--Lisa Schohl, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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