Ending discrimination against rural and small schools in the federal formula for distributing funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Disadvantaged child in a school class room setting

"We cannot be satisfied until every child in America — and I mean every child — has the same chances for a good education that we want for our own children."

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, speaking in Flint, Michigan, June 15, 2008

Why is the education of a disadvantaged child in a very poor rural community worth only half as much to the federal government as the education of a disadvantaged child in a very poor urban community?

The federal government provides funding to local school districts to combat the negative effect of poverty on student achievement. It provides $2,424 to the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) School District for each of the 33.6% of its students who are disadvantaged. It provides $1,246 to the Philadelphia (Mississippi) School District for each of the 41.3% of its students who are disadvantaged?

Part of the answer is Number Weighting

Part of the answer is how much the state spends on education.

None of the answer is acceptable.

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Recognition of Outstanding Leadership Related to Child and Education Advocacy Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson recently received the National PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award. Thompson was recognized for the award, along with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), on Thursday, March 8, 2012, during National PTA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. [...]

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