Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Members of Congress who represent rural areas want to remedy Title I funding disparities for rural schools, the Hill congressional newspaper reports. Title I money disproportionately goes to urban and affluent suburban areas and are not not responsive to the needs of rural areas, lawmakers argue. The Hill cites a study reporting that "the federal government provides almost twice as much money per disadvantaged student in Philadelphia, Pa., (population: 1.5 million) as in Philadelphia, Miss., (population: 7,500)." Lawmakers from rural districts plan to make funding disparity an issue if Congress takes up the overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has stalled since the Senate passed the bill in 2011. Read more at the Hill.