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FB Urges Funding Change for Disadvantaged Students

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2012 – Congress should swiftly approve legislation that would correct a major flaw in the formula used to allocate Title I funds for the education of disadvantaged students, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today.

AFBF is urging the House Education and Workforce Committee to approve the inclusion of the All Children are Equal Act (H.R. 2485) in H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act. AFBF supports the ACE Act because a cornerstone of the organization’s rural development policy is that strong rural schools are vital to enhancing the lives of rural Americans and will foster development of robust and prosperous rural communities.

“Approving this legislation is simply the right thing to do and will benefit students living in poverty, whether they reside in rural, small-town America or an urban setting,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The correction to the formula for allocating federal funds to state and local school districts that we are seeking is absolutely necessary.”

Title I funding was intended to send funds to school districts with high concentrations of poverty, AFBF explained in a statement submitted for the record. The current formula used to allocate Title I funds systematically discriminates against the school districts it was intended to benefit – rural, small town and moderate-sized urban districts with a high concentration of poverty.

The ACE Act calls for a gradual correction in the weighting factors used to allocate funds to schools, over four years. Passing the ACE Act will gradually reduce the influence of number weighting and make the Title I formula fairer and more effective.

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Contacts: Tracy Taylor Grondine
(202) 406-3642
tracyg@fb.org
Mace Thornton
(202) 406-3641
macet@fb.org