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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: #70

 

POLICY CODE NO.  DD

 

 

 

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

 

FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:             May 4, 2001

 

RE:                   Federal Budget Update

 

            The federal budget and requirements for states and local schools are changing almost on a daily basis.  I know that this makes it very difficult to plan programs, staffing and local budgets.  For this reason, I will try to update you as decisions have been made.  Please share this information with your school boards and appropriate employees.

 

            Class Size Reduction funds and Eisenhower Math and Science training funds are being replaced by a funding category known as Improving Teacher Quality.  We have been assured by staff in our U.S. Congressional Delegation offices that this will mean no loss of funds, and that individuals hired using Class Size Reduction monies can be hired using Teacher Quality monies in the 2001-2002 school year.

 

At this time, we know that Goals 2000 ends this summer and that this grant program is not being replaced, although federal funding will increase overall.  We are exploring what federal funding sources might be adapted to this purpose.

 

            Federal funding for special education continues to be the focus of much debate.  At present there are proposals to achieve the required federal funding levels over ten years and over six years.  The administration’s budget does not provide for these plans.

 

            Since the reauthorization for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is now on the floor of the Senate and is before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for “markup”, important issues relative to accountability, particularly assessment, are taking shape.  This work will continue to be tied closely to funding levels.  We’ll try to keep you abreast of developments as they unfold.