Title I: Contact Your Representative — And Your Candidates

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

This article appeared in the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

As things heat up in the mid-term elections, it’s important to let your representatives, and the candidates challenging them, know that you care about Title I funding and want the formulas fixed.

Congress will likely take up re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently called No Child Left Behind) in the upcoming session. That reauthorization will address the way Title I is funded. Title I is the largest federal funding stream for K–12 education and is intended to help local schools improve educational opportunities for low-income children.

Since 2002, several of the formulas that distribute Title I funding have provided less less money per eligible child to smaller school districts than to larger districts, including many large districts with relatively low poverty rates. These “number weighting” provisions mean that some kids get a lot more support than others just because they attend a larger school district.

That’s not fair. Low-income children should not get a smaller share of federal funding to support their educations just because they live in a smaller place.

Tell the candidates to make Title I funding right for all children by eliminating number weighting.

Learn how your school district is faring under number weighting and join the Formula Fairness campaign at www.formulafairness.com.

Read more from the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.