To compete in the global economy, the U.S. needs an educated, skilled workforce. But too many of our students are not graduating high school, and businesses report shortages of workers with the skills and knowledge they need to fill job openings.
Studies show that increased spending on education leads to improved student achievement, particularly among low-income students. Yet even as public school enrollment has risen by almost 3 percent and state budgets have tightened, federal funding for elementary and secondary education has just returned to 2008 levels and accounts for only 2 percent of all federal expenditures.
NAESP believes that:
Spending more to train teachers, lower class size, provide safe learning environments, and other targeted strategies works to increase student achievement and decrease achievement gaps, especially in low-income school districts. We support increasing federal education funding to 5 percent of the federal budget.
Visit NAESP’s Advocacy Action Center to see how you can support your students and school.