How States Stack Up on Federal Funding for Teachers, Low-Income Students
By now, you've probably heard about the major changes to the federal education budget approved by President Donald Trump. But how do these shifts impact your state?
We decided to try to answer that question for two of the most significant federal K-12 programs at the U.S. Department of Education: Title I, which provides formula funding to districts to better serve students from low-income households, and Title II, which provides professional development and other services to teachers and principals.
Let's start with Title I. Based on information for fiscal 2018 finalized at the end of last week by the Education Department, we looked at not just the new state-by-state Title I estimates, but also the percent change in funding by state. These fiscal 2018 numbers, which cover the 2018-19 school year, are still estimates—the final totals will be released in July. But since the fiscal 2018 figures are based on the final appropriations from Congress, they do give us a good idea of the direction of funding for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Find your state in the chart below:
Now for Title II. Unlike with Title I, the Every Student Succeeds Act did change the formula that funds Title II. As our colleague Stephen Sawchuk wrote back in 2015, the formula was changed to put more of an emphasis on poverty and less on total population. See the chart below for new state-by-state Title II totals, based on Education Department data:
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