Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) Latest to Join In Support of the All Children are Equal Act

Dec 8, 2011 Issues: Education

Thank you to Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) – the latest co-sponsor of the ACE (All Children are Equal) Act!  I introduced the ACE Act in July, 2011. Rep. Roe is also the eighth member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, the committee of jurisdiction for this legislation, to offer their support.  Check out the following blog from www.formulafairness.com, one of the many important education refom groups working to gain support for this important bill.

From the Formula Fairness Campaign: 

"Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), representing Tennessee’s First Congressional District, is the latest Member of Congress to add his name as co-sponsor of the All Children are Equal (ACE) Act (H.R. 2485)...

"ACE addresses the unfair discrimination against small rural and urban school districts that is part of the formula for distributing funds for the education of disadvantaged children under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The provision that does the damage is called “number weighting.”...Under number weighting, the number of students who are eligible to receive Title I funding in a district can be artificially inflated by counting some of the students more than once in districts that have a large number of Title I students. The effect is to deprive smaller districts – no matter how high their poverty rate — of their fair share of the funding while giving a larger share to big districts no matter how low their poverty rate...

"The Tennessee First congressional district is a poster child for what is wrong with the legislation. With median incomes well below the national median, hard times are the norm for many people in the Tennessee First. It’s exactly the kind of place Title I was supposed to help most...Moreover, every one of the small 17 school districts in the Tennessee First were deprived of Title I funding that went instead to larger districts across the nation, many of which have much lower poverty rates than these small districts..."