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  •  Arne Duncan is correct that if Title One money (2+ / 0-)
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    livjack, Roadbed Guy

    is cut, there will be pink slips. That is bad enough for the teachers involved and will slow down the overall economy as well. But, this is also not good for the students because students who had access to extra help won't be able to get it.

    Title One money comes to school districts that have a percentage of kids who are below the poverty level. That means, as I understand it, that there are teachers who are hired specifically to provide Title 1 instruction. That is usually small group instruction in reading and math at the younger grades. So yes, there will be pink slips if there is no money for these programs.

    The major crisis here is that the students will get less help from their teachers, especially in school districts where there are a lot of kids below the poverty level.

    He is also correct that other top-tier economic powers like China, India, Singapore are investing in education and we are not.  This is really the wrong way to go.

    (Correct me if I am wrong on how Title one money is used in schools- things may have changed)

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