Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on CAP's ESEA-related Report "Robin Hood in Reverse"

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Kate Childs Graham
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WASHINGTON—Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Center for American Progress report “Robin Hood in Reverse,” regarding the House and Senate proposals on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I, Part A, ‘Portability.’

“At its root, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is about leveling the playing field and ensuring all kids have equal access to resources—from computers to counselors—no matter whether their community can afford them. This report from the Center for American Progress shows in stark dollar amounts the damage that the House and Senate Republican proposals could do. It’s Robin Hood in reverse: By moving money meant to go to public schools that teach poor kids and giving it to better-off schools, these proposals could strip resources from kids and schools that already don’t have enough. Nationwide, high-poverty districts could lose about $85 per student, while the more-affluent districts could gain $290 per student, according to the report. In short, these proposals undermine the very kids ESEA is meant to help.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.