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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Federal support for education: Watch those strings

It's always good to remind people that the federal government actually contributes very little financial support to public school districts throughout the country.

Here is the link to an Associated Press article that explains the details. Basically, federal monies provide only about 8 percent of a school district's budget. School districts need to consider whether this is a good bargain for them, since that 8 percent leads to all kinds of requirements and regulations that actually may not be value for the money.

Traditionally, schools have been funded by local taxes-- usually property taxes as the bulk of the sourcing. Even with the proposed increase in funding that has been recently promised, that may not make up for all the other requirements that will inevitably be tied to those dollars.

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3 Comments:

At 8/2/09, 7:00 PM, Blogger Mrs. T said...

Wow! Thanks for this link! It's very interesting that public schools receive so little from the feds- they would have us believe otherwise.

 
At 9/2/09, 8:26 PM, Blogger brian said...

Federal support is much higher for students in ESL programs.

 
At 11/19/09, 5:10 AM, Anonymous Custom Term Papers said...

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