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Federal act increases education funding for school districts along with expanding control, flexibility

Last week, United States Congressman Chris Cannon announced that Utah school districts will begin receiving the largest increase in federal education funding in America's history.

In addition, the districts will also receive unprecedented new local control and flexibility.

"This funding is crucial for the education needs of Utah's school children," pointed out Cannon. "However, what is more important is the control that each individual school district will have over the money."

"Parents know what their children need to ensure they receive the best possible education. That is what the No Child Left Behind Act does. It allows local communities to decide how the money will be spent on our children's education," continued the U.S. congressman.

Along with placing an expanded emphasis on results, local control and parental involvement, the No Child Left Behind Act will mean significant resources for the Carbon County School District, added the congressman.

The county school district will receive $671,000 in title one funding for economically disadvantaged students - up $103,000 from fiscal year 2001.

The school districts in Utah will have new flexibility and decision-making authority over non-title one federal aid, explained Cannon.

Carbon County School District will receive $255,337 in federal educationrevenues, according to Cannon.

Effective immediately, the local school district will be empowered to make spending decisions with up to 50 percent or $127,669 of the federal education funding, pointed out the congressman.

Carbon County School District does not need to obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Education to make the related financial decisions.

Approximately $176,810 of the non-title one funding will be earmarked for teacher quality grants and about $19,208 will be for technology aid.

The remaining federal revenues allocated through the federal act come from the innovative and safe drug free schools programs.

Carbon officials may shift funds between the programs to meet the needs of local students.

"By increasing funding and flexibility, we will begin to see better results for Utah's school children," concluded Cannon. "We have one of the nation's top public school systems, but there is always room for improvement when it comes to our children. Utah's parents and teachers have always known what is best for our children."

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