CAP Proposes Public Education Opportunity Grants
The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report this week that proposes a new federal grant program, the Public Education Opportunity Grants, to make public education more equitable. “Public Education Opportunity Grants: Increasing Funding and Equity in Federal K-12 Education Investments” outlines the proposed grant program, which would provide eligible school districts with an additional $12,330 for each student living in poverty.
The figure, which is equivalent to the national average per-pupil funding annually, would mean approximately doubling per-pupil funding for students living in poverty, infusing $63.4 billion in targeted funding to K-12 education each year. The program would also create incentives for states and districts to increase K-12 funding and make it more equitable, and to target funding to disrupt institutional racism and systemic inequality.