Federal Funding

Schools and districts may receive federal funding through entitlement funds and competitive grants. To help educators, policymakers, and citizens understand these programs, the U.S. Department of Education publishes a yearly Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs. You can also visit www.ed.gov to get further details on these programs.

For information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding (also known as “stimulus” funding), please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html.

Federal Entitlement Grant Programs award funds based on economic factors relating to a school’s student population, such as the percentage of students in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program. These programs are also called “formula” or “title” programs.

Ace it! programs are aligned to these Federal Funding Programs:

Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs

Provides funds to ensure that children in high-poverty schools meet challenging State academic content and student achievement standards. Let’s Talk Title I is a must have guide to navigating the law’s intricacies. Title I expert Cheryl Sattler gives you an insider’s view of Title I, with straightforward explanations of key components plus “how to” instructions.

Title III: English Language Acquisition

Provides funds to improve the education of Limited English Proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B

Provides funds to ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free, appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living.

Title I, Part A: Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

Provides funds for additional academic instruction designed to increase the academic achievement of students in Title I schools in the second year of Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring.

Federal Competitive Grant Programs

Federal Competitive Grant Programs are discretionary and are awarded based upon specific criteria. These programs focus on particular goals such as grade-level reading programs, early intervention initiatives, or after-school programs. Competitive grant funds are awarded to State Education Agencies, which in turn grant funds to districts on a competitive basis.

Ace it! programs are aligned to these Federal Funding Programs:

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

Provides funds for the creation of community learning centers that provide services during non-school hours to help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math.

School Improvement Grants (SIG)

Provides funds to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring to enable those schools to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) and exit improvement status.

Title I, Part D (Neglected and Delinquent)

Provides funds for additional education services to provide continuity for children and youth in state-run institutions for juveniles and in adult correctional institutions so that these youths can make successful transitions to school or employment once they are released.

IDEA: Early Intervening Services (“Response to Intervention”)

Allows districts to use up to 15 percent of Special Education funds for students in K – 12 who have not been identified as needing special education and related services, but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed in a general education environment.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (McKinney-Vento)

Provides funds to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youths.

Rural Education Achievement Programs

Provides funds to rural districts to assist them in meeting their state’s definition of adequate yearly progress (AYP).

Smaller Learning Communities (SLC)

Provides funds to support the implementation of SLCs to improve student academic achievement in large high schools with enrollments of 1,000 or more students.

Striving Readers

Provides funds to raise middle and high schools students’ literacy levels in Title I-eligible schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level, and build a strong, scientific research base for strategies that improve adolescent literacy instruction.

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