Senate HELP Committee Member Criticizes Title I Portability

Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray has stated that she is hoping Republicans will reconsider their proposal to make Title I funds portable in the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).


Murray disagrees with the proposal, saying she’s “focused on making sure every child has access to a quality education, no matter where they live how they learn, or how much money their parents make. Unfortunately, policies like those Chairman Alexander has proposed would put this goal further out of reach for our country by shifting much-needed resources away from struggling students and the highest-poverty schools.”


The Center for American Progress has provided a new analysis examining that the portability proposal would drain funds from less affluent districts. The analysis established the following key findings:


  1.  Portability actually drives resources away from high-poverty districts and into more affluent ones.
  2.  Nationally, districts with high concentrations of poverty could lose an average of around $85 per student.
  3. On average, the most affluent districts could gain more than $290 per student.


President of American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, also cited the analysis to denounce Title I portability stating that “by moving money meant to go to public school that teach poor kids and giving it to better-off school, these proposals could strip resources from kids and school that already don’t have enough.”

Source: POLITICO Pro