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February 12, 2018
Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training
The budget plan, released Monday, amounts to a doubling down on Betsy DeVos’s central belief. (It's also likely to be ignored.)
August 1, 2017
Colorado’s online schools might see funding upswing in coming year
The State Board of Education voted to change how Title I money is allocated for students enrolled in multi-district online schools outside their district of residence.
June 29, 2017
Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here’s why.
A quirk in rules for allocating federal funds for poor students will give most municipal districts a big budget boost. Meanwhile, Shelby County Schools will receive less.
June 20, 2017
Memphis schools to lose $5 million in federal dollars for poor students
Shelby County Schools will lose $5 million in federal funding that provides extra dollars for high-poverty schools and districts.
April 12, 2016
Poverty funding restored after error, but school leaders say fix is too little, too late
The state recently updated school Title I federal poverty aid amounts, showing big increases for some charters.
November 11, 2015
As wrangling over poverty aid continues, some educators lose their jobs
Months into the school year, educators are still waiting to see how possible errors in calculating yearly federal poverty aid will be resolved.
September 25, 2015
Ritz enlists federal education officials to explore charter school funding cuts
Charter school leaders and policymakers say the poverty aid losses violate federal law.
September 3, 2015
Schools try to understand why the wealthiest Marion County district got the most new poverty aid
Federal poverty aid went up for schools in Franklin Township, the wealthiest school district in Marion County for family income, but went down nearly everywhere else.
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March 26, 2015
Officials vow to release contracts info earlier; take heat for budget delay
The promises come weeks after the department faced criticism for its handling of a contract worth up to $637 million from a company implicated in an earlier scandal.
August 20, 2014
Free lunches for middle schoolers could mean new pressure for principals
Because the city will for the first time offer free lunch to all middle-school students, the children will receive meals regardless of whether they turn in the forms—but schools could lose out on tens of thousands of dollars if they don’t.
August 7, 2014
Free lunch could hurt federal funding for Nashville, Memphis schools
It depends on how many parents return a form being sent home to parents this month asking for income information. A shift in how districts account for how many low-income students it has could potentially impact how much funding districts receive for crucial services funded by federal grants.
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