NCLB Finances Week 8 Essay

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NCLB Finances
Kay Wehner
HSM/240
September 28, 2014
Betty Taylor
NCLB Finances
During the 2014 fiscal year, there was over $14 billion dollars that was devoted to Title I Grants to the Local Educational Agencies, which happens to be the largest No Child Left Behind program. Below is the 2005-2014 funding levels for the numerous programs that are selected in NCLB. NCLB Programs
($ millions)

Program
FY 2007
FY 2008
FY 2009*
FY 2010
FY 2011
FY 2012
FY 2013
FY 2014

Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies
12,838
13,899
14,492
14,492
14,442
14,516
13,760
14,385

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
2,887
2,935
2,948
2,948
2,465
2,467
2,338
2,350

Impact Aid
1,228
1,241
1,265
1,138
1,274
1,291
1,224
1,289

21st Century Community Learning Centers
1,081
1,131
1,131
1,166
1,154
1,152
1,092
1,149

English Language Acquisition
669
700
730
750
734
732
694
723

Safe and Drug--Free Schools and Communities, State Grants
577
513
295
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School Improvement Grants
125
491
546
546
535
534
506
506

State Assessments
408
409
411
411
390
389
369
378

Reading First State Grants
1,029
393
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Education Technology State Grants
272
267
270
100
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Math and Science Partnerships
182
179
179
180
175
150
142
150

Teacher Incentive Fund
200
97
97
400
399
299
284
289

(US Department of Education, 2014)

Because there are some states that are required to attain a substantial amount of requirements in order to collect any type of funding for NCLB, they have disagreed, unsuccessfully, that the organization “No Child Left Behind” is an "unfunded mandate." Which means, for example, in 2005, the federal government was sued by the state of Connecticut because they supposedly demanded that the state of Connecticut spend millions of their own dollars on extra testing for the No Child Left Behind program, however, the lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge, due to jurisdictional reasons which took effect immediately.
No Child Left Behind does not commission all states to participate in the programs. However, in order to receive any type of fund, meeting all requirements is a condition that is mandatory. It is possible that a state may find themselves having a hard time financially, without the help of federal education funds, and still choose to opt out of the NCLB and the conditions that goes along with it. Because of this result, they cannot refer the NCLB as a unfunded mandate.
After the No Child Left Behind passed, the Department of Education reassured participating states that the federal funds would provide a large substantial portion of the cost of the laws and the requirements that are associated with them. There have been significant costs for the different school improvement reforms, data collections, and testing administration. There have been many States that have claimed that the NCLB is "under-funded" which, due to the documentation that the federal government has not respectfully supported these…