Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan All Children are Equal (ACE) Act, H.R. 2485. The ACE Act corrects a major flaw related to number weighting in the current formula used to allocate Title I funds for the education of disadvantaged students under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Title I funding was intended to send funds to school districts with a high concentration of poverty. Instead, the current formula systematically discriminates against the school districts it was intended to benefit: rural, small town and moderate-sized urban school districts with a high concentration of poverty.
Number weighting redirects funds from smaller districts, both rural and urban, no matter how high the poverty rate, to a handful of the largest districts, regardless of poverty rate. The ACE Act corrects the Title I formula and secures funding for school districts with the highest concentrations of poverty.
The ACE Act corrects the number weighting problem by gradually reducing the weighting factors used in the number weighting system. The weighting factors would be reduced by 10 percent each year for four years, reducing the influence of number weighting on the distribution of funds.
Farm Bureau urges Members of Congress to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2485