Federal School Finance Reform: Moving Toward Title I Funding Following the Child

The current Title I spending safeguards do not ensure that funds are allocated to disadvantaged students in ways that most benefit them and improve academic outcomes—the goal of the program at its inception in the 1960s. To rectify this deficiency, Title I funding should be made portable. Spending decisions should be made by those closest to the students Title I funds are intended to support, with the students’ benefit at the forefront. Title I funding should be gauged by students’ results rather than on the basis of inputs and spending decisions. Schools, educators and administrators need to be held accountable primarily by outcomes, rather than by fulfilling reporting and compliance requirements.

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