I received an eMail recently that caused me to ponder a subject I never had before: Is it more advantageous to have formula grants or competitive grants?

It's an appropriate question to consider, given the current political climate. The Bush administration has shown a preference for decentralizing the federal grants process by block-granting many federal education programs. As a result, several programs that used to award competitive grants directly to school districts through the U.S. Department of Education now leave it for the states to decide how to distribute funds. Knowing the stakes


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