In today’s New York Times, the editorial staff called out House Republicans for their latest effort to “repeal the 20th century.” This time their target is Title I, a federal law dating back to the ’60s which secures extra money for disadvantaged schoolchildren.
Last week, a House committee approved the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act which, in the words of the Times editorial, would let school districts “spend money earmarked for impoverished children on almost any educational purpose they chose.” Republican Congressman John Kline sponsored the bill.
Title I was created in the Johnson administration as a safeguard to dilute systematic inequalities that have pervaded our schools since the civil rights era. These laws are considered very important pillars of civil rights because they provide an extra layer of federal funds for poverty-stricken school districts that might not have political or financial clout to receive funding. Brown v. Board of Education recognized the social injustice that stems from lack of parity in the educational opportunities afforded to all our children.
However, House Republicans seem to believe that government has no role in preventing such injustice today.