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Why is there such a discrepancy in per pupil funding among the states? 

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First, we can ask why it is possible for such discrepancies to exist.  The answer to that, in the United States, is federalism.  Our system of government was set up to allow the states to have significant autonomy.  One aspect of this autonomy is the right to control their own educational systems.  Because our Constitution gives this right to the states, different states can spend different amounts...

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