Educators For Excellence Reacts to Withdrawal of Title I Regulation Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
January 18, 2017 – Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led organization, today reacted to the U.S. Department of Education's decision to withdraw a proposal that would ensure a fair and equitable distribution of state funding to Title I schools, under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This regulation was widely supported by Educators for Excellence's teacher members, who applauded its commitment to guaranteeing that traditionally underserved students receive comparable resources and opportunities.
"Today, millions of students across our nation must suffer an unfair blow, through no fault of their own,” said Lexie Woo, a teacher at P.S. 49 in Queens, New York, and a member of Educators for Excellence. “The Department of Education's Title I regulations would have ensured that some of our highest poverty schools received extra, much-needed funding. But funding is so much more than just numbers: It is a way to help level the playing field and close opportunity gaps. It provides a chance to give our students an advantage that they are not otherwise afforded.”
In November, Educators for Excellence submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education explaining why teachers support its Title I regulations and encouraging the Department to move forward with its proposal.
"I know that I speak on behalf of our nearly 25,000 members nationwide in expressing our devastation following the failure of the Department of Education's Title I proposal. This decision will not only leave high-needs students without the necessary resources, but also handicaps the Every Student Succeeds Act's intended mission to create a more equitable education system," said Evan Stone, co-founder and co-Chief Executive Officer of Educators for Excellence. "In light of today's move, we urge our states to commit to taking their own initiative to provide fair funding and opportunities to all children, no matter what school they attend."