Bishop Announces More Than $12M in Educational Funding
Congressman Tim Bishop announced today that schools in New York's First Congressional District will receive over $12 million in Title I, Part A grants for the 2014-2015 school year. This represents a 35% increase from the funding level for the 2013-2014 school year.
The grants, awarded under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, allow school districts to offer additional services to aid educationally at-risk or disadvantaged students. These services, which go beyond the traditional classroom services, can include smaller class sizes, special instructional spaces, additional teachers and/or aides, opportunities for professional development for staff, individualized educational programs for students, and additional teaching materials.
"The need for additional funding to allow for supplemental services for students who require an extra hand is something I hear often from the educational professionals to whom I speak regularly," said Congressman Bishop. "This increased funding level is a step in the right direction, but there is still more we must do to ensure our children receive the best education possible so that they leave the classroom college-and career-ready."
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides supplemental financial assistance to pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools with high numbers of pupils from low-income families. The goal is to help all students achieve proficiency on challenging state academic standards.