Indianapolis, Puerto Rico, and three other school districts have applied to join the Every Student Succeeds Act’s weighted student-funding pilot during the 2018-19 school year.
Participating districts can combine federal, state, and local dollars into a single funding stream tied to individual students. English-language learners, children in poverty, and students in special education—who cost more to educate—would carry with them more money than other students.
Here’s a list of the districts that are interested, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education:
The Trump administration is particularly excited about the pilot because it could in theory help school districts develop public school choice programs. But the purpose of the program is about equitable funding for all student groups. And the federal money can’t be used for private schools.
Up to 50 districts are allowed to participate in the pilot, and the department could choose to open it up to more districts down the line. The department gave districts until March 12 to apply for the 2018-19 school year. Districts that are aiming to get going in the 2019-20 school year need to get their applications in by July 15.
Applications will be approved on a rolling basis.
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