Formula Fairness Campaign Update

Last Updated: April 29, 2010

This article appeared in the April 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

New Report Chock Full of Info
The Rural Trust has published a report submitted to U.S. House and Senate education committees by Policy Director Marty Strange outlining how the use of a weighting system to inflate the count of disadvantaged students eligible for Title I funding systematically discriminates against high-poverty small school districts, both rural and urban.

This is the first comprehensive explanation of the abuses of the “number weighting” system, and it is chock full of data from the well-respected, non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

You can download a free copy of the report at

While you’re on the website, sign the petition to Congress and the Obama Administration protesting this bias and sign up for “updates” and “action alerts” that let you know what you can do to help end it. Share this information with friends.

National Association of Black School Educators Endorses Formula Fairness Campaign
The NABSE has issued a strong statement endorsing the Formula Fairness Campaign. You can read the statement here.

The NABSE is an organization of African-American professional educators founded in 1971. With more than 100 affiliate groups in the U.S., Canada, and the Bahamas, the NABSE is a strong voice for African American Education.

Check out the Formula Fairness Campaign Facebook page, become a fan, and tell all your friends about it, too.

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