On Monday, June 8, the New America Foundation's Federal
Education Budget Project released "Equitable
Resources in Low Income Schools: Teacher Equity and the Federal Title I
Comparability Requirement" at an event on Capitol Hill. This event
featured representatives from the White House, Representative George Miller's
committee staff, and the National Education Association to discuss teacher
equity and the comparability requirement in the law.
The Title I comparability provision of the No Child Left
Behind Act (NCLB) is intended to prevent local school districts from
systematically spending less on students in the highest-poverty schools. Each
school district that receives federal NCLB Title I funding must use its state
and local funds to provide "comparable services" to its high-poverty and
low-poverty schools. In practice, loopholes in the federal law, watered down
regulations and weak enforcement have made this provision ineffective. The
discussion focused on how to modify the provision to ensure that students in
high-poverty schools receive equitable services.
You can listen to an audio recording of the event here. A complete transcript is also available.
Also, read an article on the topic by MaryEllen McGuire published in U.S. News & World Report, "In Urban Classrooms, the Least Experienced Teach the Neediest Kids".
If you have any questions about the event or the report,
please contact Emilie Deans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261
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