Burr on Committee Markup of Education Bill: Bill to Fix 15 Year Disparity in Funding

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC), made the following statement following the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):

“Today, I was able to fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina’s teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across our state.  Because Congress didn’t have the courage to fix this problem in 2001, funding that was intended to support low-income students and their teachers has gone to more affluent parts of the country, leaving North Carolina’s poorest children without the money they deserve.  For North Carolina this means we will have at least $23.5 million more every year – an increase of 47% - that otherwise would have went to wealthier parts of our country.  After years of pretending to steer limited federal dollars to our poorest children, we are now actually getting that funding into the communities that need it most.” 

The committee adopted Senator Burr’s amendment to fully phase out a hold harmless provision within No Child Left Behind that granted federal dollars based on 2001 populations of poor children that ignores recent population shifts to states like North Carolina.

The amendment was approved on a vote of 12 to 10 and the legislation passed markup 22-0.

Watch Senator Burr in Markup Here

ESEA Committee Mark Up