Esther Cyna is a Visiting Assistant Professor in American History and American Economic History at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris, France. Her dissertation, “Shortchanged: Racism, School Finance and Educational Inequality in North Carolina, 1964-1997” (Teachers College, Columbia University, 2021) explored the issue of racial discrimination in public education funding in North Carolina.

May 12, 2022


Financing Schools

America’s kleptocratic public school divide

As the arrival of the pandemic forced schools shut, the Public Schools of Robeson County in North Carolina scrambled to save the rural district’s closed and crumbling buildings. At the same time, they faced the major task of providing education…