This just in from the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development:
The Potential Impact of Revising the Title I Comparability Requirement to Focus on School-Level Expenditures (2011).
Key findings include: Within districts that had both Title I and non-Title I schools, more than 40 percent of Title I schools had lower personnel expenditures per pupil than did non-Title I schools at the same school grade level. Similarly, more than one-third of higher-poverty schools had lower per-pupil personnel expenditures than lower-poverty schools in their districts. In addition, between 39 to 47 percent of Title I districts had lower per-pupil expenditures in their Title I schools than in their non-Title I schools at the same grade level.
Alison Klein of “Education Week” reports, “This is a big deal, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan . . . The “findings confirm an unfortunate reality in our nation’s education system,” Duncan said. “Many schools serving low-income children aren’t getting their fair share of funding.” And he added that “in far too many places Title I dollars are filling budget gaps rather than being extra.”
This could mean more money coming to the Rochester City School district.
It is also possible that the issue of mayoral control of the RCSD will come around again. This is not surprising since Rochester commands a $700 million dollar budget, a $1.5 billion dollar facilities modernization project, Race to the Top funding and, in light of the new Title I information, could be receiving more Title I funding in the near future.
There is a great deal of money to be had at the expense of our children’s failure. Politicians and Businessmen are not sitting idly by waiting for this windfall to drop in their laps. They are actively pursuing the money cart finding ways to drive the cash cow in their direction. The only thing that can stop both is the voice of the people.
Parents, students, and community members must stand up to the modern day carpetbaggers. We must stand together and push back against those who would deny our children an excellent education.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!