The National Parents Union urges members of the House of Representatives to reject the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill because it would cut funding to our nation’s schools at a time where our kids need it most.
The bill would cut Title I funding by 80% – almost $15 billion. This would negatively impact 7 out of every 10 of our country’s school districts.
The bill also completely eliminates Title III funding – which is the main source of federal support for English Language learners.
These proposed cuts would have a negative impact on student achievement at a time when we are facing an education emergency. Kids in the United States are more than two years behind in school; cutting funding for programs would have a negative impact on generations of Americans and the future of our country. Kids across this country are facing a learning crisis – cutting funding for their education is something every member, from both parties, should flat out reject.
ON THE LEARNING CRISIS:
JUST 32% of our Nation’s fourth graders are reading on grade level.
Click here to look up how many students in your state are reading and doing math on grade level.
The New York Times writes:
“National exams last year showed that students in most states and across almost all demographic groups had experienced troubling setbacks, especially in math, because of the pandemic, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a gold-standard federal exam. And last month, national math and reading test results for 13-year-olds hit the lowest level in decades.” U.S. Students’ Progress Stagnated Last School Year, Study Finds July 11, 2023
The Washington Post Editorial Board writes:
“The average scores, from a national sample of 8,700 students from 460 schools, dropped four points in reading and nine points in math, the latter constituting the largest drop in 50 years. This is just one sign of the nation’s academic crisis, which also includes chronic absenteeism and a rising youth mental health problem.” Opinion: The best response to plummeting test scores would be hard to institute June 26, 2023