Title I and Inequality: Methodology

In examining the Title I education funding program, U.S. News combined data points from several different datasets and sources. Poverty and Child Population Estimates We used the Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates for school districts to get an estimate of the number of children and the number of children in poverty in each school district. The data are available from the Census Bureau for 2014. Although the data are used by the government to determine for the purposes of Title I how poor a district is, the numbers are…

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How the Title I Money Is Distributed

The federal government distributes the $14.5 billion program for poor students, known as Title I, to states and school districts based on four separate formulas. Here is how they work: Basic Formula This formula allocates Title I dollars to school districts based on the number of poor students they serve. A district qualifies for the funding if it has at least 10 poor children and 2 percent of its students live in poverty. This means that virtually all school districts, even very wealthy school districts, get at least some Title…

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