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Why Is There No Money for “No Child Left Behind”?

By: Krystle Crossman

Education of our youth is one of the most important issues in our country today, yet for some reason there are no funds coming in to support the education reform. No Child Left Behind was implemented by the Bush Administration. The Committee for Education Funding, which is comprised of 115 education groups, showed just how underfunded our children’s education really is. The House recently released H.R. 5 which is a redraft of the No Child Left Behind Act. The problem is that critics are saying that there is not enough funding to support their goals for education in grades K-12. How are children supposed to get the proper education if there is no money for quality teachers, adequate school buildings, and supplies?

The Committee for Education Funding sent out a letter in regards to the rewrite of the Act and voiced their objections. They wrote:

“The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 115 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, writes to express our strong opposition to the authorization levels contained in HR 5, the Student Success Act. While CEF as a coalition is not taking a position on the policy issues in HR 5, we oppose the authorization levels because they would freeze funding in the aggregate for programs authorized in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the 2021-22 school year.”

The CEF states that if they put a freeze on the budget for education at $23.3 billion, it will prevent future investments in the education system. It is also a 3.39% cut in funding from the 2012 Fiscal Year funding. This could lead to over $800 million in cuts by the time 2016 rolls around. Not only is the money being cut, but projections show that there will be over 2.2 million new students in the educational system between 2015 and 2021. All of these new students will cost more and lead to an even lower budget if a freeze is put on at the $23 billion mark. They say that Congress needs to take a longer look at the budgets and invest in our children so that they all have a fair shot at the education that they deserve. There are more families that are entering poverty levels all of the country at this time and those students are even more hurt by the lack of funding than anyone else.

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