Education Officials Critique “Supplement, Not Supplant” Provision

Education Officials Critique “Supplement, Not Supplant” Provision

September 1, 2016

Governor’s organizations and school and state officials express concerns over the “supplement, not supplant” provision, which were highlighted by US News & World Report. Noelle Ellerson, associate executive director of policy and advocacy at the School Superintendents Association, argued the rule does not reflect the “reality of school finance.” The National Governors Association called the regulation “a prescriptive mandate” that goes “well beyond the scope of ESSA.” However, civil rights groups and others supportive of the regulations view the rule as an attempt to fix a system that is inconsistent with the “civil rights history of the provision and with the changes Congress made to the law last year.”