Update: New CBPP Report Highlights Funding Flaws In New NCLB Just Signed Into Law
Kudos to Shree for pointing out the ironic juxtaposition of today's signing of the new NCLB into law and the release of a CBPP report showing state and local education funding cuts in recent years.
As the new CBPP report shows, states and districts have struggled mightily to bring education funding levels back since the Stimulus expired.
Meantime, federal funding for education programs has decreased 10 percent.
These realities are problematic enough.'
The lack of requirements or incentives for states to increase education in the new version of the federal education law is one of the least-noted concerns out there.
In addition, the vague and complicated relationship between the law and state education efforts in the new version of the law creates little political incentive for lawmakers to support education funding at the federal level.