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ERIC Number: ED504956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-9
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Many Children Left Behind: How Title I Weighted Granted Formulas Favor the Few at the Expense of the Many in Pennsylvania
Strange, Marty; Johnson, Jerry; Finical, Ashton
Rural School and Community Trust
The authors discuss two "weighted" grant formulas intended to better target funding to districts with the highest concentrations of poverty, contending that under weighted grants, undesirable effects can occur, including: (1) Per pupil funding for a Title I student in a large school district is greater than that for a Title I student in a smaller district with the same poverty rate; (2) Total funding for Title I students who attend one large district is greater than that for the same number of Title I students who are dispersed in many smaller districts, even though the smaller districts have the same aggregate poverty rate as the large district; and (3) Per pupil funding for a Title I student in a larger district with less poverty may be greater than that for a Title I student in a smaller district with more poverty. According to the authors, the weighting system effectively redirected over $14 million from more than 400 Pennsylvania school districts to just nine districts in school year 2007-2008. (Contains 4 footnotes and 9 tables.) [Financial support for this research was provided by The Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Randolph, VT.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; No Child Left Behind Act 2001