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Pinellas considering expansion of Title I schools



To get more resources to struggling middle and high schools, Pinellas Superintendent Julie Janssen is proposing they get a share of federal Title I money now spent only at elementary schools.

Under a plan unveiled at yesterday's school board workshop, the number of Pinellas schools sharing tens of millions of dollars in Title I money would grow from 48 to 68, including nine high schools and 13 middle schools. As a result, some schools would receive less Title I money, though none would see their funding drop by more than 15 percent next year.

Board members said some elementary schools are worried.

"We are receiving some comments that programs that have been proven to be successful are at risk," said board member Carol Cook. "Are we certain this is going to be maximizing our dollars the best way possible?"

Janssen said with dollars growing scarce, schools will have to show with data and other evidence that what they're doing is working and deserves continued funding.

District officials will talk to principals about the change tomorrow. The board will see more details at another workshop next month. To see the presentation packet, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:56am]


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