Federal funds and grants must be spent for a specific purpose and are not reflected in the MNPS operating budget. In 2011-2012, these items totaled more than $93 million and include such areas as special education, state pre-K funding, and a magnet school grant. The largest item in this category is federal Title I dollars ($31.7 million), which help support the education of students in poverty.
This category also includes Race To The Top funds. In the spring of 2010, Tennessee was one of the first states to receive this federal grant to reform K-12 education. Tennessee’s application focused on developing teachers and leaders, creating rigorous standards and assessments, the use of data to drive improvement, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Tennessee will receive a total of $501 million over a four-year period. Metro Schools’ share of the grant will be approximately $37 million during the course of those four years (see chart for allocation).