Our latest infographic, Funding Sources for Language Learning, goes through the updated state of governmental education funding in the United States. One of the lowlights: Congress has cut education funding by 20% in the past five years.
That being said, even though the pool may be a little shallower, there’s still quite a bit of money available to help your school bring its language-learning program into the 21st century.
But what exactly are these sources and how can they be utilized to provide greater language-learning capabilities in your school or district?
As you may have heard, the country operates under a new education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act, passed last year. Many of the funding programs remain the same, even if the formulas used have changed. The good news is that some of the sources used to service English learners saw their funding either increase or stay level.
Federal education funding sources that can pertain to language learning fall into two general categories: formula funds and competitive grants. Formula funds are sources like Title I, Title III (for English language acquisition), and IDEA grants that are designed to address a certain segment of the student population and are distributed to schools that service those populations.
Competitive grants like School Improvement Grants and the ConnectEDucators program are bid for by state and local agencies.
Then there is the 21st Century Community Learning Center initiative, meant to help communities provide additional education resources, such as before, after, and summer school programs to Title I schools. These centers address specific needs such as language acquisition and provide the targeted service to the students’ families.
States also provide a certain amount of tax revenue to districts but they mainly serve as filters for federal education spending and local tax revenues.
That being said, 18 states are providing less funding than they did three years ago – 15 of which cut per-student funding by more than 10%. Some states are being progressive about funding language programs. That should continue to be the case as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.
District revenues are generally derived from property taxes and sometimes ad valorem ballot initiatives and should be distributed equally among the district’s schools based on student population. Districts fight for every dollar due to them through the federal or state governments, particularly when it comes to programs that qualify under Title I or Title III.
For more information
The Rosetta Stone® Education team has gathered many more resources on our Funding page that can help you identify great sources of funding to make your 21st century language-learning dreams come true.