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Tri-Caucus on Department of Education’s Proposed Title I Spending Rule

Oct 17, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressional Tri-Caucus Chairs – composed of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) – issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed rule for Title I spending under the Every Student Succeeds Act:

“It takes more resources, not less, to educate disadvantaged students. For this reason, Congress has provided Title I dollars to supplement state and local investment— not fill gaps left by grossly inequitable school financing. The spirit and intent of Title I has been ignored for too long and has shortchanged far too many communities, impacting the students and families who are most in need. We believe the Department's draft ‘supplement-not-supplant’ regulation moves us closer to achieving equity in educational opportunity, but ultimately, the work falls on each of us as elected officials to ensure a continued commitment to some of the country’s most vulnerable students so they have an opportunity to succeed. The leaders of the Tri-Caucus are committed to working with Secretary King and stakeholders to ensure the final rule continues to satisfy the longstanding intent of Title I by providing a standard of compliance that works for all students and teachers.” 

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.