STIMULUS: Big Money For School Districts On The Table
There is an awful lot of money for schools in the stimulus package being voted on this week -- roughly $142B out of the $825B total. The addition of $13B will roughly double the current Title I funding levels -- a bigger increase than in the first years after NCLB was authorized.
Looking at those numbers you'd think education was a big deal or was connected to economic recovery. Or maybe the education groups are much better at lobbying than I knew.
Jim Kohlmoos at the Knowledge Alliance points us to this helpful CRS report for estimates of the amount of education funding each school district will receive. Just as an example, Chicago public schools will receive an $527M increase in the first year alone.