PRESS STATEMENT

NCLR: Department of Education Takes an Important Step to Remedy School Funding Inequalities

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September 2, 2016

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Department of Education announced draft regulations aimed at ensuring that states are applying appropriate funding to low-income (Title I) schools as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The draft rules ask states to prove they are providing additional funds to students; if implemented as drafted, the rules could mean an additional $2 billion for low-income students nationwide. The funding affects the Hispanic community particularly; 50 percent of Latino students attend a mid-or high poverty school, according to a recent study by the National Equity Atlas.

“Our current education funding system is flawed and gives less to kids who need it the most. While these proposed regulations won’t eradicate long term and persistent funding inequities, they certainly represent a good step forward to ensuring our kids are getting their fair share of resources to help them succeed academically,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The Education Department’s proposal clarifies for school districts a series of options for how to ensure federal dollars are supplementary to state and local dollars. Notably, ESSA now contains a directive on how districts must demonstrate compliance with this provision. The law states that districts must use a methodology to allocate state and local funds to each Title I school that ensures each such school receives all the state and local funds it would otherwise receive if it were not a Title I school.

“We are pleased the administration has taken on this critical issue to ensure our nation’s kids receive an equitable educational experience,” Murguía added.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.