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As House Prepares to Vote on NCLB, Advocates Push for Preschool Funding

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on Republican legislation to update the No Child Left Behind Act, a coalition of education professionals and advocacy groups is urging lawmakers to consider adding dedicated funding for preschool in the bill. 

The groups – including both national teachers unions, a national principals association and groups that advocate for education equity – on Monday are releasing a proposal to add funding for early childhood education as a new title to the overarching education law formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The proposed title – which follows the structure of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act – would cost $27 billion over five years and would be paid for by closing certain corporate tax loopholes. The law currently governs how all federal funds are directed to states and local education agencies and holds states accountable by tracking student progress through test data.