Monday, February 16, 2015

REAUTHORIZING NCLB: LAUSD COULD LOSE $86 MILLION, 24% OF TITLE ONE, California could lose millions in funding, report states


By Laurie Udesky |EdSource |

February 15, 2015  ::   The White House released a report that shows that school districts with large numbers of low-income students, including Los Angeles, Fresno and San Diego, stand to lose millions of dollars in federal funding under the House version of amendments to the nation’s education law.

The House amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would cut out $7 billion over six years in federal funding  known as Title 1, which goes to school districts based on their numbers of low-income students. California would lose $877 million in Title 1 funding, according to the report, released Friday.

Los Angeles Unified, for example, would lose $86 million in Title 1 funding, representing a 24 percent drop over the next six years, according to the report.

Other California districts that would lose Title 1 funds under the House bill (HR 5) include:

  • Fresno Unified, which would lose $4.9 million, a 10.7 percent drop;
  • San Diego City Unified, which now gets $41 million in Title 1 funds, would lose $4.1 million;
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District, which would lose $2.5 million;
  • Long Beach Unified, which would lose $2.1 million.

According to the report, education spending has dropped by $800 million since 2012, when it was cut during the height of the recession. The House bill would lock in the current price tag for education at its current rate until fiscal year 2021.

Laurie Udesky covers the implementation of Common Core.

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