Senator Alexander Applauds Education Secretary For Funding Formula To Aid Tennessee Students

Posted on February 17, 2004

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced Tennessee schools will receive a seven (7) percent increase in Title I funding because the Department of Education will now use updated census data when calculating funding levels under the No Child Left Behind Act. "I applaud Sec. Paige's commitment to use a funding formula that will aid those children who need it most," Alexander said. "This means more education dollars for Tennessee schools. By requiring the Department of Education to use the most current census data available, we are ensuring fair treatment of Tennessee school children. Alexander signed a letter to Education Secretary Rod Paige applauding his quick adherence to ensure that the Title I formula is calculated using the most up-to-date population and poverty data available. "We believe that your calculations are consistent with the intent of the No Child Left Behind Act and best reflect the spirit of that bipartisan legislation," the letter reads in part. Senator Alexander is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and chairs the subcommittee on Children and Families.