The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and incorporates most of the major reforms proposed by President Bush in his own No Child Left Behind framework for education reform, particularly in the areas of assessment, accountability, and school improvement. This broad legislation has implications for all Mississippi schools.
These funding programs may be flow-through (the funds flow from the United States Department of Education (USDE) to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to all of the local districts), competitive (awardees must complete a Request for Proposals for funding), or discretionary (the USDE or MDE has the discretion of selecting the awardees based upon legislated criteria). Most of the programs funded, including all of the programs discussed here, shall be used to supplement and not supplant non-federal funds that would otherwise be used for activities authorized under these subparts. Any sections cited herein refer to the text on NCLB.