Following the Apollo 20 Money
Total Expenditures for the Apollo 20 Launch at Nine Secondary
Schools in 2010-2011: $19,365,645
Where the money came from:
- $5,966,643 from HISD’s Priority and Unacceptable
Schools (Targeted School Assistance) Fund. These funds
historically have been appropriated from the district’s
general fund on an annual basis to pay for targeted
interventions at the district’s lowest-performing campuses.
It existed before the creation of Apollo 20 and higherperforming campuses are not eligible for this funding. Past
uses of these funds have included school reconstitutions
(replacing staff), such as the Sam Houston High School
reconstitution in 2008. The fund was supplemented in
2010-2011 with savings from HISD’s renegotiated contract
with CEP. In 2010-2011, these funds were used to
reconstitute (replace staff) at all nine Apollo 20 secondary
schools, which were all among HISD’s lowest-performing
campuses. This was a one-time cost at these schools.
- $4,962,160 from the Texas Title I Priority Schools Grant
Program. This grant is awarded to a district’s “persistently
lowest –achieving” schools that have a high percentage of
students from low-income homes. Each of the four Apollo
20 high schools received a three-year grant from this
program worth a combined total of $21,642,652.
- $3,600,554 from private funds awarded specifically to the
Apollo 20 program from donors.
- $1,806,426 from federal Title I School Improvement
Grants. These are federal grants awarded to individual
eligible schools. These funds must be used to improve
student achievement in high-poverty schools identified for
improvement, corrective action, or restructuring so as to
enable those schools to make adequate yearly progress
(AYP) and exit improvement status. This money could not
have been spent at other HISD schools.
- $1,716,273 from federal Title I regular funds. All HISD
Title I schools receive an appropriation from the federal
government based on the number of low-income children
on their campus. Title I regular funds to the Apollo 20
schools were based on this formula and these schools
would have received this money regardless of whether
they participated in the Apollo 20 program.
- $892,328 from Title I, School Improvement Stimulus
funds. These are additional Title I School Improvement
Grant funds allocated to individual eligible schools through
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Other
eligible, non-Apollo 20 HISD schools also received Title I,
School Improvement Stimulus funds.
- $322,161 from Title I Stimulus funds. These are funds
every high-poverty campus in HISD receives, including
non-Apollo 20 schools. All HISD Title I schools, including
non-Apollo schools, also received Title I Stimulus funds.
- $99,100 from Title II, Part A funds. These federal funds are
designated for programs that aim to increase student
achievement by improving the quality of teachers and
principals. All HISD schools received Title II, Part A funds.
SUMMARY: Funding for the Apollo 20 program comes primarily from
sources that require the money be spent on programs that serve low-income
students and schools that are persistently under-performing. These schools
would be receiving much of this funding regardless of their participation
Apollo 20 program. In 2010-2011, HISD spent less than $6 million replacing
teachers and principals at the original nine Apollo 20 schools. This is a onetime cost and is roughly the same amount spent in 2008 when HISD
reconstituted the staff at Sam Houston High School.