Congress has underfunded America’s public schools—short-changing impoverished students, students of color, and students with disabilities—by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a major new report. The report, entitled “Confronting the Education Debt,” is being released publicly on Wednesday, but was provided early to The Young Turks.

From 2005 through 2017, the report concludes, federal education funds allocated to needy schools in all fifty states fell a total of $580 billion short of the levels mandated by federal law.

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