Document Number: 3251Title I Funding: Poor Children Benefit Though Funding Per Poor Child Differs - While state and local funds account for over 90% of national education expenditures, Title I is an important source of funding for many high-poverty districts and schools. According to this study, the allocation of Title I funds does not encourage states to target their own funds to children from low-income families. It also found that the Title I statute and regulations provide no monetary, statutory or regulatory incentive for them to do so. For example, states do not receive extra Title I funding in return for targeting state funds to poor children. Two factors account for this lack of responsiveness – a lack of current poverty data and various hold-harmless provisions. (General Accounting Office, U.S. GAO-02-242, 2002)...
Related IssuesAt-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)