Stimulus Includes Boost for NCLB
Alyson Klein provides an extensive summary of the $100 billion for education in the Democratic economic stimulus package. You also can read the House Appropriations Committee's 13-page summary. Three things to note about NCLB: 1.) The package would give $13 billion for districts in the Title I program. That's almost the same as the $13.9 billion the program received for all of fiscal 2008. Under NCLB, the program was authorized to receive $25 billion in fiscal 2007the last year the law provided an authorization level for its programs. 2.) The stimulus bill also would set aside $300 million for teacher-quality initiatives. Of that, $200 million would be for "for competitive grants to school districts and states to provide financial incentives for teachers and principals who raise student achievement and close the achievement gaps in high-need schools," the House summary says. The other $100 million would be for competitive grants "for competitive grants to states to address teacher shortages and modernize the teaching workforce," the summary says. 3.) It would appropriate $250 million to help states improve the quality of their education data systems.