Urban districts stand to lose the most under SB 103, Ford said. Her district, for example, in which almost 77 percent of students qualify for free-and-reduced-price lunch, would lose $700,000 that is needed to even the playing field for poor students.
"I agree with the premise that family income should not dictate success or failure, but too often it does," Ford said. "I have seen students who test that hypothesis every day. Unfortunately, poverty is by far the most common factor among the majority of our students who are challenged by standardized tests and who lag when it comes to grade level performance."
Ford was joined in her concerns by representatives from school districts in Kansas City, Wichita, Emporia and other locales.