President Obama’s budget proposal is expected to address changes in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, a welcome relief for school board members and administrators across the country.
According to news reports shortly before the budget plan was released on Monday, the Obama administration plans to do away with the No Child Left Behind foundation that all children be proficient by 2014 and instead focus on shifting federal funding formulas to reflect academic progress.
One of the main complaints by school officials is that the law focuses on punitive measures if a school fails to meet adequate yearly progress each year. A new funding formula would be based in part on students’ academic progress, according to the New York Times.
One concern is that more federal funding will be distributed through competitive grants, along the lines of the Race to the Top program, which would put districts with few resources at a disadvantage against those with savvy grant writers.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak on the budget and ESEA reauthorization at the Federal Relations Network Conference later this afternoon. NSBA also will have a statement on the budget and ESEA later this afternoon.
Joetta Sack-Min, Online Editor