White House Not in Favor of House Republican’s NCLB Rewrite

According to POLITICO Pro, the White House released a report criticizing House Republican’s plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB) stating that the combination of the bill’s spending levels and Title I portability provision would be extremely harmful to schools.

The report says that the bill’s approach “is backwards and our teachers and kids deserve better.” Title I portability would cut Title 1 funding by up to 74% leading to some of the poorest school districts.

It also estimates funding cuts between the President’s 2016 budget and suggested spending levels outlined in H.R.5 by state: By 2021, schools would receive less of $7.4 billion for education under H.R.5 spending levels than under Obama’s proposed budget.

The report titled “Investing in our Future” is one of the first direct moves from the White House on the reauthorization of NCLB.

Cecilia Muñoz, House Domestic Policy Council Director,  said that “the president is seeking a bipartisan bill and a bipartisan process” on NCLB.