According to the Federal Register, there is a grant application process for the Small Rural School Achievement Program. The purpose of this grant is to “to address the unique needs of rural school districts.”
The accountability for receiving funds is as follows:
(b) DETERMINATION REGARDING CONTINUING PARTICIPATION- Each State educational agency that receives funding under the provisions of law described in section 6211(c) shall —
(1) after the third year that a local educational agency in the State participates in a program under this subpart and on the basis of the results of the assessments described in subsection (a), determine whether the local educational agency participating in the program made adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2);
(2) permit only those local educational agencies that participated and made adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2), to continue to participate; and
(3) permit those local educational agencies that participated and failed to make adequate yearly progress, as described in section 1111(b)(2), to continue to participate only if such local educational agencies use applicable funding under this subpart to carry out the requirements of section 1116.
Determination (3) cancels out (2) and therefore no agency, either State or local, is accountable for the federal funds they receive.
For Fiscal Year 2011 4,194 rural LEA’s were awarded, $87,266,118 with no accountability for success. Though this amount of money may seem inconsequential since it averages to a mere $20,000 per LEA, those millions, along with the hundreds of millions awarded to States to improve their educational practices through the multitude of unchecked programs and entitlements, add to the monetary waste inherent in our current system of education.
We should be offering incentives to schools who have demonstrated that they indeed address the educational gifts and talents of all of their students. Education funding should support local education agency success in educating their student population not the opposite.
We must begin to hold Federal, State, and Local education agencies accountable for the enormous amount of tax dollars being wasted supporting a failing system of education.
Our tax dollars must support the educational success of our children.
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