Proposed Study Could Have Significant Impact on Educational Equity—One Way or Another

Proposed Study Could Have Significant Impact on Educational Equity—One Way or Another

January 17, 2020

Late last year, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) “made an under-the-radar announcement that it was seeking comments on a new study of over $30 billion in federal education spending,” according to a recent article in Forbes. While it could “provide valuable information for researchers, advocates, and policymakers about the Department’s investment in K-12 education,” there are concerns that it could be used to justify “undermining support of robust federal investment in schools and students.” The study will examine funding levels under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and “look into how districts and schools use the money they receive from the largest programs of these two laws.”