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School Renovation, IDEA and Technology Grants Fact Sheet

The FY 2001 Omnibus Appropriations Act provides $1.2 billion for grants to local educational agencies for urgent school renovation, activities authorized under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), technology activities related to school renovation, and charter school facility financing. Out of this total, nearly $1.1 billion will be distributed to States based on Title I Local Educational Agency (LEA) grant shares, with a small State minimum of one-half of one percent. The remainder will be reserved for Indian districts, the outlying areas, and charter schools (see below).

The States will distribute 75 percent of their allocation of funds to LEAs for urgent school repairs. States will award these grants on a competitive basis using the following criteria: student-age population; need for school repairs; fiscal capacity to meet repair needs; likelihood that the LEA would properly maintain repaired school facilities; and, for proposals that include charter schools, access of those schools to funds available to other public schools.

States will ensure that high-poverty LEAs with 30 percent or greater child poverty or with at least 10,000 poor children will, in the aggregate, receive an amount proportional to the amount those LEAs receive under Title I. In addition, States will ensure that rural LEAs receive, in the aggregate, an amount proportional to their share of Title I funds.

In addition, non-profit private schools with student poverty rates of 40 percent or greater will participate in the program on an equitable basis. These private schools will be able to use the program to modify school facilities to meet standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and to abate and remove asbestos.

States will distribute the remaining 25 percent to LEAs on a competitive basis for activities authorized under Part B of the IDEA, technology activities related to school renovation, or some combination thereof, at the discretion of the State. The selection criteria for IDEA grants will be: the need for funds to educate students with disabilities whose cost of education substantially exceeds that States' average per-pupil expenditure, the need for additional funds to pay for activities under Part B of the IDEA, the need for assistive technology devices, and the need for additional funds to meet performance goals under the IDEA. States will select technology grant recipients based on the need for funds for technology activities, such as wiring, hardware and software, and computer linkages, associated with school renovation.

In addition to these State grants, $75 million is reserved for school districts with 50 percent or more of their students residing on Indian lands. Districts will be able to use these funds for either school renovation or new school construction. They will be distributed on a formula based on the number of children residing on Indian lands. A new Charter Schools Facilities Financing Demonstration Program is funded at $25 million. This program is designed to demonstrate innovative methods of financing charter school facilities by providing grants to at least three organizations to demonstrate these methods. In addition, $3.25 million is be reserved for school renovation in outlying areas.

Activity Amount of Funds
School Renovation $901 million
IDEA/technology activities $274 million
Charter school facility financing $25 million

This page last modified—September 6, 2002 (cdb).

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