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With New Title I Allocations, Federal Aid Follows Low-Income Students More Closely Than Ever Before
The U.S. Department of Education released preliminary Title I allocations for states and school districts yesterday. At the national level, Title I funds for the 2003-2004 school year are increasing 13 percent to $11.7 billion. As a result of the No Child Left Behind law, Title I funds are following low-income children more closely than ever before. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcement:
"Changes to federal education funding formulas will net city schools an extra $120 million next year, officials announced yesterday. The feds are no longer allowing districts to keep receiving Title I money for low-income students who do not enroll in schools ??? payments that were previously made to some districts under a 'hold harmless' provision in the old law. The change, part of the No Child Left Behind law, means that more Title I money will be flowing to high-need, high-poverty areas like New York City, officials said." New York Daily News
"'Title I funding has risen dramatically since the passage of No Child Left Behind, and that means more academic support and more learning opportunities for low-income students,' said William D. Hansen, deputy education secretary. 'With these increased funds come increased expectations of our schools,' he said." Philadelphia Daily News
"The Bush administration announced yesterday that New York City schools will get a 19 percent increase in federal poverty funding to serve poor students over the next year. Funding under Title I will jump $120 million ??? from $634 million to $754 million. ... Mayor Bloomberg's office said the additional federal funding was a positive development while the city grapples with a daunting fiscal crisis. ... 'This is obviously very good news for the city. Every dollar we have now that we didn't have before is a plus,' said Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott. 'It's a major net plus for us in supporting the education needs of city school children.'" New York Post
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Last Modified: 08/23/2003