Proposed Changes in Reconciliation Bill Would Expand Universal Free Meals but Might Complicate K–12 Funding
Adopting a measure of student poverty that does not hinge on school meal applications would allow states to prioritize getting free meals to all students without the fear of losing data that helps target resources for low-income students.
The first-dollar design ensures all students receive similar benefits and that any existing grant aid can be preserved to cover students’ living expenses.
Often, school boundary lines align with residential segregation previously enforced by redlining or restrictive covenants.
Policies that reduce living expenses for college students could be the most effective at addressing college affordability for low-income students.
Using a Consensus-Style Approach to Synthesize the Evidence on the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs
How can policymaking build a stronger early childhood education system that meets the needs of all children, families, programs, and teachers?
The COVID-19 crisis creates a unique opportunity for policymakers to strengthen their states’ grant programs.
The American Families Plan includes a historic investment in young children and public education that aims for universal preschool and broad access, especially for children of color and children from families with low incomes. But truly universal preschool may require an even larger investment.
Pell-based forgiveness would disproportionately benefit Black borrower and would also target borrowers less likely to have family resources to rely on.