Federal funds to flow into Tennessee schools

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:49pm
Staff reports

Tennessee is slated to get a $433 million slice of the more than $21 billion in grants to be distributed among schools in all 50 states, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Thursday.

The funds will be distributed as formula grants to support state-administered programs that support teachers and help students reach high standards.

Formula grant programs are noncompetitive awards based on a predetermined formula and provide funding for a variety of programs, including resources to improve teacher quality, career and technical education, and support for children facing the challenges of living in poverty. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B grant program supports children and students with disabilities from ages 3 to 21.

"Formula funding is critically important to every state and school district as we work together to prepare young children to enter school and every student for graduation," Duncan said. "Federal formula grants combined with Recovery Act funding present an unprecedented opportunity to drive reforms and improvements in our nation's schools."

Tennessee's $433.53 million share will be divvied up among the categories with $210.29 million going to Title I; $177.47 million for IDEA-B; $29.59 million for teacher quality and $16.18 million for career and technical training.

These so-called formula grant programs dispense funds to states on July 1 and Oct. 1 based on congressionally mandated formulas that, depending on the program, take into account such measures as population, poverty rates and enrollment.

Formula grants originate from the Education Department's annual appropriation from Congress and are separate from the $100 billion in stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


1 Comment on this post:

By: idgaf on 10/4/09 at 8:42

Why do we keep throwing good money into a failing system over and over again expecting a different result? That is the definition of insanity.

Lets go to school vouchers and settle this once and for all with competion for the tax dollar. That is what America is all about or at least use to be, not a welfare program for propaganda agents.

Sure there are good teachers and they will be in demand by private schools and the incompetants will not be as it should be.

How much longer will people pay top dollar for inferior results?

They had many chances and the job is not getting done.