U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been warning against a GOP NCLB rewrite bill that's slated to pass the House next week.
The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.
Republicans in both chambers plan to push Title I portability further during floor debate by offering amendments that would allow Title I money to also be used for private schools.
The report criticizes the bill's appropriation levels, which would lock in current funding levels through fiscal 2021, capping spending for the next six years at $800 million lower than it was in fiscal 2012.
The national, four-year graduation rate has ticked up for the second year in a row, growing from 80 percent in the 2011-12 school year, to 81 percent in the 2012-13 school year.
A Republican bill to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which would significantly curtail the federal footprint in K-12, will be considered by the full House the week of Feb. 24.
The Title I aid formula is highly complicated, but in a nutshell, the money is distributed to districts based on their size and concentration of poverty, among other factors.
The Democrats' substitute bill would create a new title for early-childhood education that would provide funds through a formula to states willing to match the amount.
Bush, the former Florida governor who is mulling a White House run, advocated for choice, assessment, and a low-profile for federal policymakers in K-12.
The chairman and ranking member on the Senate education committee aren't on the same page when it comes to a timeline for rewriting the No Child Left Behind law.