This study examines the relationship between the physical state of elementary school facilities in North Carolina and the proportion of low-income and African-American children attending each schools. Finding suggest that as the proportion of low-income students increases (other things being the same) the condition of facilities worsens. However ironically, as the proportion of black students increases the condition of facilities appears to improve modestly. North Carolina's black and white children generally attend school buildings of equal quality. Yet a disparity exists between the maintenance of facilities where poor and nonpoor are educated. Whether this difference stems from discrimination or fiscal disparities, reflected by the ability of some districts to raise taxes, the need for equal educational facilities remains.
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