November 23, 2015

Why Title I portability does not make sense

Original op-ed in by The Hill by Misti Kemmer.

As both a teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District and a mother of two school-aged children, I am particularly interested in negotiations between the House and the Senate on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the possibility of Title I portability making it into the final bill.

Those that support portability would allow students to transfer to higher performing, often more affluent schools outside their neighborhoods with funding following the student to their new school in such a scenario. On paper, such an idea appears to make sense. But in the real world, in real schools, moving money does little more than deplete funding from already high-need schools that use such resources to offer student and, sometimes their families, essential services they cannot afford on their own.

I teach in the heart of South Los Angeles...

To read the complete op-ed, visit The Hill.