Obama’s Billion Dollar School Policy – In what appears to be a last minute policy, outgoing US president Obama is pushing to have $1 billion given to schools with low-income students.
If all goes according to plan, this will mean that hundreds of school districts in the United States will cut spending at well-financed elementary and secondary schools.
The idea behind the educational policy is to create “resource equity” in schools.
While some see the move as a good idea, the Republicans and the school administrators are strongly opposing it, saying there is no need for it.
According to CNN, the Education Department has said that 90 percent of the nation’s school districts do not have substantial funding disparities between low-income and high-income schools, and would not need to adjust funding.
The $1 billion move proposal was written by the department of education. It is now under review by the White House budget office.
The policy was first presented in August last year. With the victory of Donald Trump as President-elect, the processes are somewhat rushed before Trump gets inaugurated on January 20.
The idea is that Republicans are kicking against it. So if the deal is signed and sealed before Friday, Trump will have no choice than to abide by the policy except in a case where the Congress overturns the policy.
Report says that the proposed Obama’s $1 billion dollar school policy would apply only to school districts that have both low-income schools that get Title I federal funds, as well as higher-income schools that are not eligible for the money.
Former Education Department official and education policy expert at Center for American Progress, Scott Sargrad, said the regulatory policy “could significantly improve achievement for students” in low-income schools.
“This is the federal government explicitly saying poor students need to have at least the same resources as their higher-income counterparts. That’s a significant step for the federal government to say that.”