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Senate Amendment to Title I Funding Formula Passed

July 16, 2015

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.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, newly published on June 12, 2015.

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  1. So ok now let me see. The more people we have in poverty the more money the state will get. Does anyone but me see a problem with this? Keep the people in poverty and you get more money. So tell me how money fixes this problem??? It appears to me the only thing this does is promote poverty.

  2. Living in a high-poverty state whose per-pupil funding formula is standardized across the entire state (one of only a handful of states who does so) makes me hopeful that if this is passed as is, the money would go directly to Title 1 schools and not somehow get hung up in the state education department’s hands. (The NM PED is not to be trusted)

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