Rapides Parish School Board discusses expansion of funds used for low income students

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - There was a heated discussion on Tuesday evening at the Rapides Parish School Board meeting about a switch to district-wide Title 1.

Source: KALB

Title 1 is a federally funded program that provides money to school systems across the country to at-risk students living at or near poverty.

Several board members, including Linda Burgess, disagreed with expanding Title 1 to better-performing schools. Burgees said it’s like “taking from the poor and giving to the rich.”

“For an example ASH,” Burgess said. “ASH has not been receiving any funds and from what you gave me, if we do this what you're saying, we're going to give them $160,000, which will be taken from the other schools that are failing. That is not fair, and I am totally opposed to it. So, you know I’m going to vote against it."

However, Superintendent Jeff Powell is standing strong with his proposal.

“My thinking is rational, follows the federal guideline, money follows the child as it's intended and it's not taking from anybody,” Powell explained. “It's giving the 5,000 students who have not been receiving money that they're qualified for according to the government that we've been not allowing them to have opportunities with."

After an extended period of debates, there was a sub-motion from board member Keith Breazeale to move the discussion to March committees. The motion passed 8 to 1.

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