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February 5, 2004, Extra Credit
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FY 2005 Budget Facts: Increasing Flexibility and Reducing Bureaucracy

No Child Left Behind provided unprecedented flexibility for states and school districts to combine resources from selected state formula grant programs to pursue their own strategies for helping all students reach proficiency in reading and mathematics. For example, school districts may transfer up to 50 percent of the funding they receive under four major formula grant programs to any one of the programs, or to Title I. Covered formula grant programs include Improving Teacher Quality, Educational Technology, Innovative Programs, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities. The following programs support this flexibility:

  • $2.9 BILLION FOR IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY STATE GRANTS, which gives states and school districts flexibility to select the research-based strategies that best meet their needs for improved teaching that will raise student achievement in the core academic subjects. In return for this flexibility, districts are required to demonstrate annual progress in ensuring that all teachers teaching in core academic subjects within the State are highly qualified.

  • $692 MILLION FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY STATE GRANTS to support state and local efforts, particularly in high-poverty districts, to improve student achievement through the effective integration of technology into classroom instruction. Funds may be used, for example, to train teachers to use technology, to develop courses in information technology, and to purchase technology-based curricula.

  • $441 MILLION FOR SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES STATE GRANTS, which fund a variety of activities in school districts and communities to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports academic achievement.

  • $297 MILLION FOR STATE GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS, the most flexible of the department's State formula grant programs, to help States and school districts implement innovative strategies, including expanded school choice options, and other reforms to improve student achievement. Innovative Programs funds may be used by states, for example, to support charter schools or pay for urgent school renovations, as well as to augment funding available for supplemental educational services for students attending schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I.

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