All Children are Equal Act (H.R. 2485) to be Considered by the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Last Updated: November 29, 2011

This article appeared in the November 2011 Rural Policy Matters.

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Contact Your Member of Congress Now to Urge Support

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee will probably soon be considering a bill addressing issues in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

This will be a critical point in our effort to eliminate the unfair and discriminatory effect of “number weighting” in the formula for distributing federal funds for the education of disadvantaged children.

Number weighting deprives small and moderate sized school districts — no matter how high their student poverty rate — of their fair share of the funding, favoring larger districts no matter how low their student poverty rate.

The All Children are Equal Act (HR 2485) reigns in number weighting so that funds are better targeted to high-poverty schools. This bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by ten Republicans and six Democrats. The lead sponsor is Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA). For more about the ACE Act, follow this link.

The ACE Act will be offered as an amendment in committee and the committee leadership has promised it will be put to a vote.

Now is a great time to ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the All Children are Equal Act (HR 2485). If your Member of Congress is on the Education and the Workforce Committee, now is also the time to ask him or her to vote to support ACE when it is offered as an amendment in committee. The full committee list appears below.

It is best if only constituents of a committee member contact him or her. If your Member of Congress is not on the committee, ask him or her to sign on as co-sponsor of HR 2485.

To contact your Member of Congress, follow this link.

You will be directed to a page where you can enter your zip code and be directed to an email form for your representative.

The members of the Education and the Workforce Committee are listed appear below. If your Congressman or Congresswoman is on the list, you can reach them by following the directions in the paragraph above, or by placing your cursor on their name below and hitting control and click. That will take you to their website where you can find and use their email form.

House of Representatives
Education and the Workforce Committee


John Kline, Minnesota (Chairman)
Thomas E. Petri, Wisconsin
Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, California
Judy Biggert, Illinois
Todd Russell Platts, Pennsylvania
Joe Wilson, South Carolina
Virginia Foxx, North Carolina
Bob Goodlatte, Virginia
Duncan D. Hunter, California
David P. Roe, Tennessee
Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania
Tim Walberg, Michigan
Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee
Richard Hanna, New York
Todd Rokita, Indiana
Larry Bucshon, Indiana
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina
Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania
Kristi Noem, South Dakota
Martha Roby, Alabama
Joe Heck, Nevada
Dennis Ross, Florida
Mike Kelly, Pennsylvania



George Miller, California (Ranking Member)
Dale E. Kildee, Michigan
Donald M. Payne, New Jersey
Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey
Robert C. Scott, Virginia
Lynn C. Woolsey, California
Rubén Hinojosa, Texas
Carolyn McCarthy, New York
John F. Tierney, Massachusetts
Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio
Rush D. Holt, New Jersey
Susan A. Davis, California
Raúl M. Grijalva, Arizona
Timothy H. Bishop, New York
Dave Loebsack, Iowa
Mazie Hirono, Hawaii
Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania

Read more from the November 2011 Rural Policy Matters.