‘Confronting the Education Debt’ looks at chronic underfunding of our most impoverished students


The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) recently released a report–“Confronting the Education Debt”​–that shows the harmful impacts of more than a decade of the federal government not living up to the promises it made to assist students living in poverty, particularly with regard to Title I funding​.

Like AFT’s “Decade of Neglect” report​, the AROS report shows how policy makers have acted in ways that increase personal and corporate wealth at the expense of our nation’s schools. ​Moreover, privatization soaks up education dollars and strips the budgets of traditional public districts. All of these trends compound the education debt.

If Congress were to fully fund Title I, our country’s poorest schools could provide for the health and mental health services for every student, including dental and vision services; a full-time nurse in every Title I school; a full-time librarian for every Title I school; and a full-time additional counselor in every Title I school or a full-time teaching assistant in every Title I classroom.

And if Congress were to fully fund Title I, Texas alone would have had more than $3 billion more dollars last year to fund programs for low-income students. You can view the Texas fact sheet from the AROS report here.