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Sam EdwardsEducation 2110Professor HuettApril 14, 2013

“Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty,”- President Lyndon Johnson, 1965

Unequal School Funding in the U.S.

The responsibility for K-12 education rests with the states under the Constitution. There is also a compelling national interest in the quality of the nation's public schools. Therefore, the federal government, through the legislative process, provides assistance to the states and schools in an effort to supplement, not supplant, state support.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is a reauthorization of ESEA. The law's express purposes are to raise achievement for all students and to close the achievement gap. This is done through accountability, research-based instruction, flexibility and options for parents, so that no child is left behind.

The primary source of federal K-12 support began in 1965 with the enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

No Child Left Behind Funding: 2002-06

Total U.S. Expenditures for Elementary and Secondary Education

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