Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Strengthening Title I of ESEA to ensure funds are used fairly and effectively to improve educational outcomes for poor students.

In 1969, CDF’s predecessor, the Washington Research Project, released Title I of ESEA: Is it helping poor children?, which examined the ways that schools and districts were, and were not, using federal education funds to improve academic outcomes for poor children. As a result of that report and related advocacy efforts, several important controls were added to the Title I program to ensure funds were better directed at the children they were meant to serve. Over the years the program has changed, but its fundamental purpose remains. CDF is continuing its work to ensure federal education funds are used fairly and effectively to serve children in poverty.