Adequate and Equitable Funding of Schools

Adequate and Equitable Funding of Schools

AFSA strongly supports adequate financial support of our nation’s educational system.

Unfortunately, millions of children across the United States, particularly low-income children and children of color, do not have adequate access to educational opportunities because their schools and communities cannot provide the conditions all children need.

AFSA strongly supports an increased federal investment in education to help provide a quality education to children living in high-poverty areas. AFSA supports full funding for Title I with a fair formula, and federal support for increasing access to early learning and quality facilities, tools and services in all schools. AFSA believes that all children deserve a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.

Public school expenditures for poor children average significantly less than for more privileged children. At the same time, research demonstrates the need to spend more, not less, in schools serving children in poverty to address issues caused by poverty itself. While all schools need to use resources effectively, schools serving low-income students generally need additional resources.

Congress, states and localities must come together to ensure that districts and schools, especially those serving high concentrations of low-wealth students and students of color or who are English language learners, have the resources and conditions necessary to enable their students to reach challenging academic standards and be ready for effective citizenship, lifelong learning, and college or career. This will require significant increases in financial support for the education of low-income students.

AFSA is a member of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition that was founded in 1969 with the goal of achieving adequate federal financial support for our nation’s educational system.

AFSA opposes voucher schemes that divert taxpayer dollars to private schools that are not held accountable to the same standards as public schools.