Obama Is Underfunding ESSA Title I by at Least $200 Million

And so it begins. Before the “landmark” legislation is even enacted…

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On March 15, 2016, eleven national education groups sent this two-page letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees concerning the underfunding of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In sum, local districts will lose an expected $200 million because states will be allowed to keep money from districts in order to fulfill requirements of state money “set aside” for school improvement.

In No Child Left Behind (NCLB), states still has to set aside such funding; however, states were not allowed to serve themselves before guaranteeing that districts received adequate funding.

As the letter notes, ESSA raises the amount of funding required for the state set-aside from four to seven percent even as it removes the condition that states not serve themselves before satisfying needs of districts. So, under ESSA, the states will need more money for that school improvement set-aside even as districts are left unprotected and at the…

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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