$13 billion—Title I
$10 billion—Part A. Title I is the cornerstone of federal K– 12 education funding.
The $10 billion of stimulus funds earmarked for Title I, Part A over the next two
years are in addition to the regular appropriation for fiscal year 2009 of $14.5 billion.
Half of this stimulus money is being made available immediately, and the other half
will be sent out after the secretary approves state plan amendments on recordkeep-ing and reporting requirements. In addition, 95 percent of Part A funds must
be allocated to districts for school improvement activities, such as professional
• Intensive, yearlong teacher and principal training in a Title I elementary school
under corrective action or restructuring status.
• Aligning districtwide Title I prekindergarten programs with state early learning
standards and state content standards for grades K– 3.
• Expanding high-quality Title I prekindergarten programs.
• Supplementing online math and science courseware in schoolwide Title I
• Professional development for Title I teachers in targeted assistance programs
about the use of data to help student achievement.
• Reading or mathematics coaches for professional development for teachers
in Title I targeted assistance programs.
• Extending the school day and calendar to increase learning time for Title I
students in targeted assistance programs
$3 billion—School Improvement Grants. This subprogram funds turnaround
activities at schools identified as “in need of improvement” by the accountability
determinations of the No Child Left Behind Act. The stimulus package’s $3 billion
for school improvement grants supplements the $546 million this program received
through the regular fiscal year 2009 appropriation.
School Improvement Grants help states build capacity—such as leadership, technical
assistance, and support teams—to assist low-performing schools and to provide
grants to local districts for similar activities. Local districts that serve the lowest-achieving schools, demonstrate the greatest need for such funds, or exhibit a strong
commitment to use the funds to help them meet their school improvement goals will
get priority in receiving these funds.