NAACP Backs ESEA Fiscal Fairness Act, Joining Movement to Close Comparability Loophole

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The NAACP added its voice to a growing chorus of support for fairness in education funding.

The civil rights group endorsed the ESEA Fiscal Fairness Act, which would fix a provision in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that often keeps schools serving low-income kids from their just share of federal funds.

The NAACP’s backing of the Fiscal Fairness Act follows close on the heels of support from the National Education Association, the country’s largest teacher union.

Ed Trust has documented the damage done by the “comparability loophole” in its special report, “Close the Hidden Funding Gaps in Our Schools.”

The ESEA Fiscal Fairness Act would close the comparability loophole and ensure that federal dollars provide more funding for high-poverty schools, rather than offsetting unfair local-funding formulas that shortchange those schools.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), already has drawn broad support from nearly two dozen other education and civil rights groups, including Ed Trust, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the National Council of La Raza. Ed Trust has spearheaded the campaign to win organizational backing for the bill.