Formula Fairness Campaign Continues to Grow

Last Updated: January 25, 2011

This article appeared in the January 2011 Rural Policy Matters.

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Southern Echo and the National Farmers Union are the latest two organizations to join the Formula Fairness Campaign to end discrimination against small and rural schools in the federal Title I formula.

Title I is the largest federal program that provides support to schools to help meet the educational needs of very low-income students. It is essential to schools and to children who face serious obstacles to educational achievement and opportunity. But since 2002, several of the formulas that govern how Title I funding is distributed among schools send more funding per eligible child to larger districts than to smaller districts.

The Formula Fairness Campaign is a national effort to make sure all students who qualify for Title I support, no matter where they live or attend school, receive an equitable share of Title I funding.

Southern Echo is a “leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective accountable grassroots leadership in the African-American communities in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs…”

The National Farmers Union “…has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership…”

For more information about the Formula Fairness Campaign and how your organization can participate or become a co-sponsor, contact Formula Fairness Campaign Coordinator Marty Strange.

Other co-sponsors of the Formula Fairness Campaign include: the American Farm Bureau Federation, Arkansas Rural Education Association, California Small Districts Association, Center for Rural Affairs, Challenge West Virginia, Michigan Small and Rural Schools Association, Minnesota Rural Education, Association, Missouri Association of Rural Education, Montana Small Schools Alliance, National Alliance of Black School Educators, National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition, North Carolina Rural Education Working Group, Organizations Concerned about Rural Education, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools, Rural Community Alliance, Rural School and Community Trust, Save Alabama’s Small Schools, South Carolina Rural Education Grassroots Group, Texas Rural Education Association, and Vermont Rural Partnership.

Read more from the January 2011 Rural Policy Matters.