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ExcelinEd Calls for Greater Flexibility for States to Ensure Education Funding Equity

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— This week, the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on proposed regulations requiring federal funds to “supplement, not supplant” state and local funds, as indicated under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“These proposed regulations impose unwarranted and unnecessary restrictions on school districts and should be withdrawn,” said ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque.

“As Congress intended, the U.S. Department of Education should rely on states to provide oversight and financial transparency, and to ensure equity for all students.”

In submitted comments, ExcelinEd stated that if the department proceeds with these regulations, it should allow districts to use weighted student funding, where by schools receive a base funding amount for every student and then additional funding for students with special needs or disadvantaged students.

Read ExcelinEd’s full comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education.