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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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