Reforms of the mid- and late-20th century offered opportunities for some school districts to shore up their property tax base and create more secure funding. Edgewood, however, would not be one of these.
Kids don't leave the effects of poverty at home. More frequently, schools are seeing an academic benefit to providing food, counseling, parenting classes and other services targeting the wide-ranging needs of low income families.
The struggles that continue to plague Edgewood ISD are rooted in prejudice. Throughout the 20th century, those prejudices became public policy that would allocate services unevenly across the city, creating intractable inequities still visible in the city's school districts.
How Texas’ school finance system helped perpetuate nationwide inequity.