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ERIC Number: ED537881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Federal and State Funding Flexibility: Targeting Federal Regulatory and Funding Flexibilities for Schools within a Partnership Zone. Meeting the Turnaround Challenge: Strategies, Resources & Tools to Transform a Framework into Practice
Mass Insight Education (NJ1)
Most public schools are funded through a combination of local, state, and federal sources. Each funding stream is often accompanied by a host of regulations on how schools and districts can use the funds. Often such regulations can be highly restrictive, limiting the ability of schools to align their budgets with their instructional programs. Given the diverse needs of schools and the fact that budget requirements often change from year-to-year, many school districts and states have advocated for greater flexibility in how to use both federal and state funding. Such flexibility allows for schools to align their programmatic needs with their budgets, rather than simply allocating money for compliance purposes. Flexibility in the use of school budgets is also a critical ingredient to the success of Partnership Zones, as it encourages innovative approaches to school turnaround. This brief provides an overview of some of the ways school districts and states can seek greater funding and regulatory flexibility. Some of the flexibilities discussed below may change with the reauthorization of "No Child Left Behind" and/or new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. (Contains 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mass Insight Education
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001