Giving Compass' Take:

· Carolyn Phenicie at The 74 reports that school spending and education funding were big topics of discussion at the recent House Education and Labor Committee hearing.

· How is federal funding allocated to schools? Would increased school spending help with student success? 

· Check out this article to learn more about school spending in 2019.

The House Education and Labor Committee Tuesday came to wide agreement on perhaps the least controversial tenets of K-12 policy: public schools should provide a quality education for all children, teachers should be paid more, and schools shouldn’t be falling apart. There was plenty of disagreement, however, over how to accomplish those goals.

The hearing, the first to focus on K-12 under the new Democratic House majority, was specifically called to focus on school spending, with an emphasis on “underpaid teachers and crumbling schools.” The meeting, which stretched to just shy of three and a half hours, came the day after teachers in Denver went on strike and two weeks after Rep. Bobby Scott, the committee’s chairman, introduced a $100 billion school infrastructure spending bill.

Democrats used the hearing to highlight several examples of crumbling schools, from ones infested with mold in New Jersey to a frigid classroom in Washington where a science teacher and her students used a hot plate to keep warm.

Scott insisted that the infrastructure bill “must be part” of any big infrastructure spending package like the one President Trump called for in his State of the Union address.

But Republicans are skeptical. The solution to improving public schools isn’t more federal spending, particularly on a new program, they said. They instead called for more local control and innovation from the ground up.

Read the full article about school spending by Carolyn Phenicie at The 74.