Schools Prioritize Safer, Healthier Schools Via ESSA Grants

Schools Prioritize Safer, Healthier Schools Via ESSA Grants

July 8, 2019

According to recently released survey data regarding ESSA Title IV-A spending, which was sponsored by the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Federal Program Administrators, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), Whiteboard Advisors, and the Title IV-A Coalition, “When district leaders are given a fair amount of discretion over federal funds, one of their main responses is that they want to focus the money on their students’ welfare,” reports Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week. The groups note that “Title IV-A provides significant, critical funding to states and schools, and provides broad guardrails to guide how those dollars are spent, creating ‘buckets’ related to well-rounded education, safe and healthy students, and the effective use of technology” and that “the flexibility of the grant makes it a telling indicator for the varying needs and interests of schools today.”