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House NCLB Rewrite Bill Slammed by White House

By Lauren Camera — February 17, 2015 1 min read

A White House report last week blasted a proposed House GOP rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act for its funding caps and a provision to change the way Title I dollars for low-income students could be used.

The bill would cap spending for the next six years at $800 million lower than it was in fiscal 2012. The report shows that the 100 school districts facing the largest cuts in dollar terms would get an average 15 percent cut, and some high-poverty districts would see cuts as large as 74 percent.

The report slams language that would let Title I money follow low-income students to the public school of their choice, including charters. The White House said that is akin to taking “funding from the schools that need it most and giving it to some of the nation’s wealthiest districts.”

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A version of this article appeared in the February 18, 2015 edition of Education Week as House NCLB Rewrite Bill Slammed by White House

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