Funds Available under Title I More Than Doubled from 2007-2008 to 2008-2009

The Center on Education Policy (CEP) released its sixth report on annual allocations to states and school districts under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The report, Title I Funds – Who’s Gaining and Who’s Losing: School Year 2008-09 Update, finds that about $1 billion will be available for the 2008-09 school year to assist schools identified for improvement under No Child Left Behind.

This is more than double the $434 million available during the 2007-08 school year.

The report also finds that funding continues to fluctuate because of annual census estimates of the numbers of low-income children in each school district, with one state estimating an increase in low-income children of more than 30 percent last year and a decrease of 9 percent this year.

Changes in the Title I formula made in 2002, meant to target more funds to the highest-poverty districts, have only provided somewhat more funds to these districts, the report also finds.

To view the entire report, click here.
Source: The Center on Education Policy

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