Ed. Dept. Clarifies Title I Rules for Charters
New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education could result in more funding for new and expanding charter schools across the country, say charter school experts.
The guidance, which provides further clarification about how Title I funds should be distributed to such schools, attempts to clarify federal laws that charter advocates say prevent the schools from receiving their fair share of funds. It was sent out to Title I directors around the country late last month.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires that districts receive a Title I allocation that is at or above its "hold-harmless" level—in other words, a level of funding that would not have a dramatic different and negative effect. How much money each district receives depends upon a formula that draws on district data...
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