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Other states with inequitable funding include Illinois, Missouri, Vermont and Virginia.

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Girls born in the top 20 per cent of areas will on average live five years and ten months longer than those born in the bottom fifth, according to the report, rising from a five-year difference in 2001.“To reduce the risk of further widening, we need better understanding of the precise causes, followed by co-ordinated policy initiatives across health, work, welfare, pension and housing to improve outcomes for all.” in an emailed statement: ”We know that the UK has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the developed world and this report reveals that low incomes are costing lives."After ONS figures last month showing a similar trend, alarm bells ought to be ringing in the heart of Government.Just because, for example, California gives low-income schools 3.5 percent more funds per student than high-income schools doesn’t mean it’s doing a good job financing education when, overall, students in California — one of the most expensive states in the country — are getting $1,700 less per student than the average in the rest of the country.

It kind of makes you wish for a federal takeover of the educational financing system.

This time of year, you look twice at the sketchy drug addict blocking the sidewalk in front of Starbucks.