Weiner Knocks ‘No Child Left Behind’ Funding
Congressman Anthony Weiner has given the Federal "No Child Left Behind Act" and the President’s funding of the law in New York City an "F" in his two-year review of the law.
Under President Bush’s budgets for 2003-04 New York City schools are set to lose more than $1.2Billion in federal aid. According to Weiner, NYC is receiving $657 million less than initially promised to disadvantaged students and more than $512 million less allocated for assisting disabled students. Without the funds promised, the Congressman believes it will be difficult for schools to meet the new mandated standards for schools, teachers and administrators.
In his two-year review, Weiner notes that under Title I funding, the federal government’s primary program for assisting under-performing schools, the President’s budget will bring funding from the expected $18.5billion to just over $12.35billion nationwide.
The Title I program intends to improve standards among disadvantaged students by providing funds to high-poverty school districts based on the number of children receiving free or reduced-price lunch.
Congressman Weiner believes the budget cuts will adversely affect NYC students who need additional resources to perform at the same level as their peers. Among the programs and services affected include reading and writing assistance, Braille textbooks, wheelchair ramps, English as a Second Language, Computer technologies and money for improving teacher quality.
Weiner says the figures themselves are misleading as city money has been spent to meet performance standards mandated by the "No Child Left Behind Act."
How the cuts will impact neighborhood schools is not yet clear. Anson Kaye, Congressman Weiner’s press secretary says, "it’s difficult to figure out a specific amount for the Rockaways." The federal government disperses the funds to the states, which in turn, are sent to the city and then the newly formed regions.