Archives for January 2009

CCS May Get $110 Million Extra From Feds

If Congress passes the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as it is currently proposed, Columbus City Schools could receive $110 million in additional federal funding over the next two years, according to published reports.


According to a published draft allocation estimate summary from the House Committee on Education and Labor, in 2010, CCS would see $21.3 million in additional Title I-A dollars, an increase by $45.9 million in construction money and $9.9 million in more funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Federal funding would increase by $77 million dollars for 2009. Increases in federal spending for 2010 would total $32.8 million.

States Eye NBCT Supplements In Budget Battles

nbptsSince the establishment of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1987, almost 74,000 educators across the country have earned the designation of National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Many states help classroom teachers pay for the $2,500 application fee and pay stipends to those that maintain their NBCT status. Due to budget shortfalls caused by a worsening economy, states across the country have begun to reduce or withdraw financial support and incentives for teacher participation.

With the second-highest number of NBCTs in the country, Florida’s state legislators have cut spending on the program in half, dropping applications for the program to just 12% of last year’s numbers. Mississippi has reduced its spending on the program, while Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana’s proposed budgets would eliminate NBCT teacher stipends.

Ten additional CCS teachers recently achieved this highly sought after designation, bringing the district’s NBCT count to 114. Columbus City Schools has more NBCTs than any other district in the state of Ohio.

Education’s Future Intertwined With Federal, State Budgets

Democrats Propose $80 Billion For K-16 Education In Stimulus Package

With the recent release of a proposed $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill by House Democrats, K-16 education is listed as one of the potential benefactors as “Education for the 21st Century”.

Local school districts across the country could receive $41 billion through increased funding to Title I, IDEA, a new School Modernization and Repair Program and an Education Technology Program if the bill becomes law.

An additional $39 billion of the stimulus package would go to “local school districts and public colleges and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas”. Colleges and universities would benefit from $16 billion to increase Pell grants and $6 billion for “higher education modernization”, according to an outline released yesterday.