Closing the Gap? The Role of Funding in Equitable Education for English Learners in the United States
Delia Pompa, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Executive Director, Californians Together
Julie Sugarman, Policy Analyst, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
There has been considerable policy activity and innovation over the last 50 years to improve educational equity across student populations, starting with civil-rights lawsuits in the 1960s over access to high-quality education and continuing through the 2001 and 2015 reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Disproportionately lower achievement outcomes for several student subgroups have remained a top concern during this time, including those for economically disadvantaged students, English Learners (ELs), and certain racial and ethnic minority groups.
Marking the release of an MPI report, this webinar explores the key funding mechanisms in place to support EL students, including federal Title III and state supplementary funding sources. In light of broad trends toward more decentralized decisionmaking and the increased opportunities that follow for stakeholder input to shape key educational policies, presenters discuss the diverse sources of information that should be brought to bear on public conversations about funding. These include demographic trends in the student population, district and school-based services that meet diverse student needs, and what efforts are being made to improve educational quality and student outcomes. Drawing examples from recent national and state-level actions, the speakers discuss how efforts to improve educational quality for ELs are tightly bound to efforts to improve the equitable distribution of educational resources.