Public Education Opportunity Grants

Congress must increase federal funding for K-12 education on a long-term basis and in a targeted way in order to close education funding gaps and support students, particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Congress can do this by introducing the Public Education Opportunity Grants program, which would:

  1. Provide long-overdue additional funding for schools
  2. Target the new funding to high-poverty districts
  3. Encourage engagement with community members to ensure new funding addresses the stated needs of communities
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Congress Must Invest in K-12 Education and Our Students

All students deserve access to a high-quality education, but years of underfunding have undermined many aspects of school quality, especially in schools predominantly serving students from families with low resources and students who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. To fix these funding gaps and invest in our schools, Congress must increase federal funding for K-12 education on a long-term basis and in a targeted way to support those with the greatest need. Congress can do this by introducing the Public Education Opportunity Grants program.

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Public Education Opportunity Grants

The Center for American Progress is proposing a new federal grant program to dramatically increase the federal investment in K-12 education and make education funding more equitable at the federal, state, and local levels.

Scott Sargrad, Lisette Partelow, Jessica Yin, 1 More Khalilah M. Harris