NSBA and national organizations urge Congress to invest in Title I Programs

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), with 10 other national organizations, sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees voicing concern about the potential of real cuts to funding for Title I programs.

Title IA is a critical source of federal funding support in schools across the nation, and without action by the Appropriations Committee, the letter notes, virtually every school district in the nation will unexpectedly find their local Title I allocation cut in the 2017-18 school year, just as they begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 education budget, which was released February 9, proposed $450 million in additional funding for Title I grants—for a total of $15.4 billion. These grants are intended to close the achievement gap and make sure that every student succeeds. The proposed increase, however, is insufficient and will actually result in a projected cut of at least $200 million at the local level, the letter continues.

NSBA and the groups urge Congress to fund Title IA at a level $450 million above the president’s proposed level, an aggregate increase for school districts in their local level subgrant allocations for school year 2017-18, and ensure that no school district receives less Title I funding for the first year of ESSA implementation.

For more information, please read the full letter.

Groups signing the letter include: 

  • AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Association of Educational Service Agencies
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • Council of Great City Schools
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Education Association
  • National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition
  • National Rural Education Association
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