$65K drop in federal funding to Oberlin schools

Staff Report

A loss of $65,000 in federal funding has hit the Oberlin City Schools.

The amount of money given to the state by the federal government was reduced because of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, said district treasurer Angela Dotson.

This year, the Ohio Department of Education is giving local schools about three percent less from the federal pot.

While Oberlin’s special education program will receive $1,000 more than last year, both Title I and IIA lost big, Dotson said. Title I gives local schools money to run programs that help kids from low-income families. Title IIA helps provide ongoing training for teachers.

The district received $314,000 in funding last year for these programs. Dotson isn’t sure how the cuts will impact students and teachers because the state hasn’t distributed money yet for the 2017-2018 school year.

“There is a new Title IV fund, but they have not allocated that money and I don’t know what that will be. It may help with the loss and it may not,” she said.

Title IV refers to the federal financial aid fund, which includes direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

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