Raegen Miller, Center for American Progress
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The results of dropping the maintenance-of-effort provision would harm our poorest children and squander federal taxpayer dollars to boot. Source: AP/ Eric Gay
Conservatives in the House of Representatives are at it again, trying to gut spending for those children in our nation who need extra help getting the education they need to succeed in the 21st century. Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the thoroughly misnamed Student Success Act earlier this month—the latest partisan attempt to repurpose the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that has done so much to ensure federal education funds go to the high-poverty schools that need the most help.
Rep. Kline’s bill would go a long way toward turning the law’s largest program, Title I—which provides federal funding for high-poverty elementary and secondary schools—into a block-grant program by dispensing with Title I’s “maintenance-of-effort” provision. Title I maintenance of effort requires that in a given year states and districts receiving Title I funds spend 90 percent of what they spent from nonfederal sources in the previous year. This ensures that states and school districts do not shortchange high-poverty schools by shifting federal funds toward other purposes.
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