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Tell Congress to increase Title I and IDEA in final funding bill

House and Senate negotiators continue to seek agreement on a final funding bill for fiscal 2020 by Dec. 20, when the latest stopgap measure expires. NEA is pushing for significant increases like those in H.R. 2740, the education appropriations bill passed by the House earlier this year. The House bill includes a $1 billion increase for Title I, which provides extra financial help for school districts with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, as well as a $1 billion increase for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In contrast, the pending Senate education appropriations bill provides no additional funding for either program.

Federal funding for Title and IDEA have not kept pace with inflation, growing enrollment, or student needs. This year, more than half the nation’s Title I-eligible school districts will have their Title I funds reduced, according to U.S. Department of Education allocations. The federal share of the excess cost of educating students with disabilities has declined for five consecutive years and is now just 14 percent—far below the 40 percent Congress promised to provide.

Tell your senators and representative to match the House increases for Title I and IDEA in any final funding bill.

94 responses to “Tell Congress to increase Title I and IDEA in final funding bill

    1. I am a teacher in the public education and I know first hand that investment in Early Childhood is important. I have taught kindergarten and I now teach second grade and the students who were able to go to programs like, “Head Start” gain the skills to be become better readers. It gives them the chance to start kindergarten having some de-coding skills which in turn helps them not only academically but with their self esteem. This helps them throughout there lives. It helps children to grow up and be empowered to get better jobs and be successful in life. Lets support these important programs that are so needed in our society.

  1. Congress promised this funding back in 1975 and it has yet to materialize. Current funding is less than 20% when 40% was the goal. Funding at 20% was achieved when the ARRA grants were given under Obama. Children have waited long enough. Education is an investment. All children, those with disabilities and those without, suffer when schools do not have the money to serve those with disabilities. Schools simply choose to not make kids eligible, but the teachers on the frontline are left to deal with the ramifications of failing to identify. Our Nation’s Report Card results show that Reading scores are declining. Far fewer than half of all kids in this country read at grade level. If that isn’t a reason to increase education funding so that these kids can be served, I do not know what is!

    1. I am a teacher in the public education and I know first hand that investment in Early Childhood is important. I have taught kindergarten and I now teach second grade and the students who were able to go to programs like, “Head Start” gain the skills to be become better readers. It gives them the chance to start kindergarten having some de-coding skills which in turn helps them not only academically but with their self esteem. This helps them throughout there lives. It helps children to grow up and be empowered to get better jobs and be successful in life. Lets support these important programs that are so needed in our society.

  2. Helping the most at-risk children increases the probability that they will grow up to be engaged, productive members of society — thereby benefiting us all. Education is the best ROI.

    1. Sad to say, there are too many people who don’t care if at risk children are helped. Many don’t even care if they sleep on the streets as long as they don’t have to “see” them!

  3. I was a classroom teacher for thirty-eight years. I know the importance in giving the children a good start in the preschool and primary grades which boosts them into better performance throughout their education.
    Please give much thought to increasing the budget for Title I programs and for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children with disabilities who are given an education to deal with their disabilities and to be in rich educational environments help many to become functioning human beings at a much higher level than if not given the opportunities they should be provided.

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