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County schools to lose millions in federal funding

February 5, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several schools will lose millions in funding next school year due to a change in the way the Clark County School District allocates money intended to help low-income students.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the district’s Title I funds, intended for schools with high percentages of students in poverty, have typically gone to schools where at least 40 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

But under a new method, the district is only allocating that money for its most impoverished schools — setting the new threshold at 60 percent.

The district received about $95 million in Title I funding for high-poverty schools this year, sending $64 million directly to 279 schools. The district anticipates giving $67 million to schools in 2019-20.

That will cut $5.9 million from this year’s budgets of 55 schools dropped from the Title 1 pool.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com