Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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ACE Act Corrects Discriminatory Distribution of Title I Funds

Washington--The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation that would correct a major flaw in the formula used to allocate Title I funds for the education of disadvantaged students. The All Children are Equal Act of 2011 was introduced today in the House by Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), along with several co-sponsors.

AFBF supports the bill because a cornerstone of the organization’s rural development policy is the belief that strong rural schools are vital to enhancing the lives of rural Americans and will foster development of robust and prosperous rural communities.

AFBF President Bob Stallman commended the introduction of the legislation and pledged to work with lawmakers to achieve passage.

“Title I funding was intended to send funds to school districts with high concentrations of poverty,” Stallman said. “Instead, 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.”

AFBF news release

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