Thursday, September 01, 2005
NEBRASKA IS SITTING ON $12.8 MILLION
IN UNSPENT FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDS?
Nebraska has received an increase of 47% in federal Title 1 money since 2001, according to federal figures. Nebraska education leaders have been complaining that federal education regulations in No Child Left Behind are coming with insufficient funds to pay for them. You hear it a lot: “unfunded mandates.”
But the state is sitting on a backlog of $12.8 million in Title 1 funds . . . that haven’t been spent, according to the Congressman in charge of federal education funding.
Title I is the federal program intended to help disadvantaged children and the schools they attend.
The revelation comes from Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce.
According to government figures, Nebraska schools received $33.8 million in Title I funding in 2001, and $49.7 million last fiscal year. The money is available for academic remediation, teacher quality grants, Reading First, help with assessments, after-school programs, and impact aid for military dependents.
See the article and charts: www.house.gov/ed_workforce/issues/108th/education/nclb/nclbfundingreport.pdf
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