Senate Amendment to Title I Funding Formula Passed
On July 16, 2015, Senator Burr’s (R-NC) amendment 2247, “As Modified; To amend the allocation of funds under subpart 2 of part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,” was approved via roll call vote, 59-39.
The 19-page text of the amendment can be found here: SA 2247.
In short, amendment 2247 allows for states with higher concentrations of students living in poverty to receive a greater proportion of Title I money per student. There is also a provision for the amount not to drop precipitously if the proportion of students in poverty decreases, and also a provision allowing the US secretary of education to waive a reduction in funding if there are extenuating circumstances.
If the Senate ESEA reauthorization passes, how this formula change would affect states remains to be seen. Nevertheless, 59 senators voted for it– 41 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and King (Independent).
Since readers are asking, I will add that my thoughts toward this amendment are generally favorable. However, I know that altering a funding formula could have some unanticipated ripple, so that is one reason I am cautiously optimistic. The other reason is that there must be some means of assuring that states honestly report on the number of students in poverty so as to not milk the opportunity for extra funding.