Money, Race, and Success

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I recently stumbled upon this graph where you can search up your school district and see the average income and racial breakdown. It compares parent income to how many grades behind/ahead the district is. However, I find it interested that a lot of the times people try to compare schools to income even though there are many factors that also affect a school's academics like curriculum and teacher retention. Why are schools' success frequently associated to money? If policymakers changed their focus from money to teacher training and curriculum planning could this resolve the issues we have in education?