The Republicans Propose Bill to Take $3 Billion from Black and Hispanic School Kids
A proposed legislation by the House of Republicans to cut back on budgets could hit hard at school districts serving black and Hispanic students. New data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the effort to re-authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could withdraw over $3 billion in federal funding that goes to 33 of the largest school districts which have large numbers of black and Hispanic students.
The bill will allow states to curtail spending on education at sequestration levels and let them transfer the money from schools that really need it to those that are located in wealthier districts.
Should the bill go through, school districts with a high percentage of black students could be out of $1.3 billion while those with a Hispanic majority could lose more than $1.9 billion; Philadelphia with its 55% black population, for example, could lose $412 million while L.A.’s with a 74% Hispanic population could lose $782 million.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release, “The partisan proposal in the House flies in the face of what ESEA was created to do – give every child an equal opportunity to be successful. This bill is bad for children and would turn back the clock on progress. At exactly the time we should be expanding opportunity for America’s students and helping schools recover from the recession this bill would allow unconscionable funding cuts. Our teachers and students deserve better.”Read on…