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April 22, 2019

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Clark County has more schools serving low-income students

More schools will receive extra federal funding next year as the Clark County School District has identified 91 Title 1 schools.

The School District received $72 million this year through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of Title 1, which grants more federal dollars to public and private schools with high numbers of low-income students. The goal is to lower the achievement gap between rich and poor students.

The schools were chosen because about half of their students are on the free and reduced-price lunch program. Each student at a Title 1 school will receive an additional $318 on top of the $7,842 Clark County spends per pupil.

An additional 10 Clark County schools will receive the extra funding next school year compared to last year.

This will bring the overall number of Title 1 schools to 91, or about a quarter of all schools in the district. There were 83 Title 1 schools during the 2009-2010 school year, and 76 Title 1 schools during the 2008-2009 school year.

The School Board approved on Thursday using the extra money to fund salaries and benefits ($40.5 million), provide program services ($14.4 million), and purchase instructional materials ($7 million) and computer supplies ($7 million).

The vote was unanimous, with board member Linda Young absent.

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