Florida school districts face $5.5 million in No Child Left Behind sanctions
So long as school districts fail to meet the adequate yearly progress requirements of No Child Left Behind, they'll continue to face funding sanctions in the use of their federal Title I money.
This year, the Florida Department of Education has determined that districts must reapply for a combined $5.5 million that otherwise would have gone toward administration of programs for low-income students. Instead, the money must be used to help student groups that failed to make AYP.
In the Tampa Bay area, the sanctioned amounts are:
- Hernando, $30,080
- Hillsborough, $388,297
- Pasco, $168,572
- Pinellas, $196,979
To get the money, districts must submit plans detailing the schools they plan to help, the student groups targeted, the planned activities and exactly how the district expects to make AYP using these and other resources. The deadline is Nov. 9.