LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 55 Clark County School District schools are set to lose federal funding after a change in budget distribution.
The school district receives Title I money from the federal government to support schools with high percentages of low-income students.
It is required by the federal government to give that money to schools where 75 percent or more of the students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. School districts can choose to distribute Title 1 money to schools with a smaller percentage of qualifying students if they choose. Clark County School District does this and has distributed Title 1 money to schools with 40% qualifying students.
For the 2019 through 2020 school year, the district has decided to change the threshold and distribute the money to schools with 60% of qualifying students.
The change means that 55 schools that had been receiving Title 1 funding will no longer receive them.
The district says it intends to reallocate resources to schools and communities that have been historically undeserved and under resourced.