Research: Report Recommends a Tighter Focus for Title II, $2.5B Grants

A new report from the American Institutes of Research argues that in reauthorizing the ESEA, Congress must reengineer Title IIA to focus strictly on the continuous performance improvement of staff and schools. Title IIA sends $2.5 billion per year to states and nearly all districts to improve teacher and principal quality.

Currently, the funds can be applied to a long list of permissible activities (including tenure reform, student loan forgiveness, and educator bonuses), though most districts spend Title IIA dollars on professional development and class-size reduction.

Research shows that teacher professional development has had disappointing impacts on teacher practice and student learning. The report recommends that Congress redefine “professional development,” focusing Title IIA strictly on continuous performance improvement, and keep implementation flexible.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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