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Education Funding in the Federal Recovery Package


ARRA logoThe U.S. House and Senate both passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 13, 2009. The bill includes considerable funds for education to be distributed by states. These include funding for existing programs, such as Title I, IDEA, school improvement and other areas, as well as State Fiscal Stabilization Funds to help address shortfalls in state education funding. These funds are only anticipated to be available for two fiscal years. The Department will work with school districts on ways to maximize the use of the funds while avoiding a future spike in local tax burden or the loss of programs when the funds are no longer available.

Principles of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
prepared by the U.S. Department of Education

The overall goals of the ARRA are to stimulate the economy in the short term and invest in education and other essential public services to ensure the long-term economic health of our nation. Four principles guide the distribution and use of ARRA funds:

  • Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs.
  • Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform.    
  • Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability. 
  • Invest one-time ARRA funds thoughtfully to minimize the “funding cliff.”

 

Four Essential Areas of Reform

“While the Stabilization Fund will help relieve our immediate economic crisis, it is also intended to boost student achievement, so to access this money, we seek your commitment to the following four essential areas of reform.”
- U.S. Department of Education

  • Making improvements in teacher effectiveness and ensuring that all schools have highly qualified teachers;
  • Making progress toward college and career-ready standards and rigorous assessments that will improve both teaching and learning;
  • Improving achievement in low-performing schools, by providing intensive support and effective interventions in schools that need them the most;
  • Gathering information to improve student learning, teacher performance, and college and career-readiness through enhanced data systems that track progress.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation Timeline1

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF)2, ESEA Title I, Part A and IDEA, Part B will be available in two phases.  Funds from these programs are to be delivered by formula from the US Department of Education to the State.

By the End of March 2009
July 1, 2009 – October 1, 2009
Fall 2009

Applications for the initial 67% of the SFSF will be available3.
Maine - Education = $106,027,720
Maine -Other Government = $23,590,520

The remaining 33% of the SFSF will be available.
Maine – Education = $52,222,610
Maine – Other Government = $11,619,211

State Incentive Grants ($4.35B) and Local Innovation Grants ($650M) will be competitively awarded in two rounds – Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

     

50% of the $10B Title I, Part A recovery funds will be available.
Maine = $18,603,070

The remaining 50% of Title 1, Part A recovery funds will be available.
Maine = $18,603,070

Statewide Data System funding ($250M) will be competitively awarded.

     

50% of the $11.3B IDEA Part B Grants to States and 50% of the $400M Preschool Grants will be available.
Maine - Part B = $26,581,987
Maine - Part B, Section 619 = $1,303,852

The remaining 50% of the IDEA, Part B and Preschool Grant funds will be available.
Maine – Part B = $26,581,987
Maine – Part B, Sec. 619 = $1,303,852

Title I School Improvement Grants ($3B) will be available.
Maine = $11 million

     

At least 50% of the $500M IDEA Part C funds will be available.
Maine = $1,069,921

Pell Grants $17.1B and Work Study $200M for school year 2009-2010

Teacher Incentive Fund ($200M) and Teacher Quality Enhancement ($100M) funding will be competitively awarded.

     

Program funding under $500M to be available

  • Impact Aid Construction (40% of the $100M will be distributed by formula and the rest will be distributed through competitive grants at a later date);
  • Independent Living Services ($52.5M of the $140M will be distributed by formula, the remaining will be distributed by competitive grants at a later date); and
  • Education for Homeless Youth ($70M).
 

Education Technology State Grants ($650M) will be available.
Maine = $3,209,375

     

50% of the $540M Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants funds will be available.

   

1Tentative distribution dates under the Department's initial funding guidelines of March 6, 2009.
2SFSF ($48.6B) will be delivered to Governor s ($39.8B devoted to public Pre-K to 12 and higher education; $8.8B allocated at the discretion of the Governor for government services).
3SFSF funds will be released by the US Department of Education within two weeks after completed applications are received.

 

Education Funds for Maine in the ARRA

Total funds anticipated for each program through June 30, 2011. See ARRA timeline for expected schedule of delivery of funds. These figures are based on current information.

K-12 EDUCATION

K-12 Funds Flowing To Schools

 

Funds for Existing Elementary and Secondary Education Programs

 

Title I – Education for the Disadvantaged

$37.2 million

School Improvement Grants

Technical assistance to Title I schools not making adequate yearly progress

$11.6 million

Special Education (IDEA)

$53.2 million

IDEA Preschool Grants under Part B, IDEA

$2.6 million

Infants and Toddlers under Part C, IDEA

$2.1 million

Education Technology, Title IID
$1.6m flow through formula; see Competitive Grants for Schools, below, for additional Title IID funds

$1.6 million

Homeless Education, McKinney-Vento

$70 million nationwide – may be distributed to SAUs or through competitive grants

Unknown

Impact Aid - $100 million nationwide
For school systems impacted by loss of tax revenue due to federally-owned property

Unknown

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

 

These funds have the greatest flexibility and can be used for all ESEA, IDEA, Adult Family Literacy and Carl Perkins Act purposes, as well as school renovation (not new construction) purposes – see more detail elsewhere on this website for uses of funds.

$128.8 million

TOTAL K-12 FUNDS FLOWING TO SCHOOLS

(delivered through Maine DOE)

$237.1 million

Competitive Grants for Schools
School systems may submit applications for these grants to USDE

 

Teacher Incentive Fund

$200 million total nationwide

As awarded

Education Technology, Title IID

$1.6m in competitive grants for schools; see Funds for Existing ESE Programs, above, for additional Title IID funds

$1.6 million

 

 

Competitive Grants for States
and non-governmental organizations for statewide projects

 

Longitudinal Data Systems

$250 million nationwide

As awarded

State Incentive Grants

$4.35 billion nationwide

As awarded

Innovation Grants

$650 million nationwide

As awarded

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

$29.5 million

Teacher Quality Partnerships

Unknown

Pell grants
Direct to students

$26.7 million

Work study

$1.6 million

Teacher Quality Enhancement funds

$100 million nationwide

As awarded

 

RECOVERY FUNDS WITH POSSIBLE IMPACT ON SCHOOLS

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Department of Labor

$2.6 million

Head Start and Early Head Start

$2.1billion nationwide (Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Unknown

Child Care Development Block Grants

$2 billion nationwide

Unknown

National Science Foundation

$100m nationwide (existing NSF programs – no Maine-specific funding)

Unknown

 

Update 4/24/09: We have received further clarification and guidance from the USDE on how to calculate the proportional distribution of Stabilization funds between K-12 education and higher education. Based on this guidance, K-12 will receive $129 milllion over the three years, approx. $7 mill less than initially calculated; those funds will be added to the allocation for higher education. The table above reflects the new calculations.

Waivers Related to Title I, Part A ARRA Funds

  • District set aside of 20% for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and transportation for choice: This provision requires an SAU to spend an amount equal to at least 20 percent of its FY 2009 Title I, Part A, Subpart 2 allocation on transportation for public school choice and on SES (20 percent obligation) (ESEA section 1116(b)(10); 34 C.F.R. § 200.48).

ARRA Funds in LEA Set-Asides in Excel

  • School set aside of 10% for professional development: This provision requires a school in improvement to spend 10 percent of its Title I, Part A funds on professional development (ESEA section 1116(b)(3)(A)(iii); 34 C.F.R. § 200.41(c)(5)).

ARRA Funds in School Set-Asides in Excel

  • District set aside of 10% for professional development: This provision requires an SAU in improvement to spend 10 percent of its FY 2009 Title I, Part A, Subpart 2 allocation on professional development (ESEA section 1116(c)(7)(A)(iii); 34 C.F.R. § 200.52(a)(3)(iii)).

         ARRA Funds in LEA Set-Asides in Excel

  • Per-pupil amount for SES: This provision requires an SAU to calculate the per-pupil amount for SES based on its FY 2009 Title I, Part A, Subpart 2 allocation (per-pupil amount for SES) (ESEA section 1116(e)(6); 34 C.F.R. § 200.48(c)).

ARRA Funds in Per Pupil Amount in Excel

  • Carryover waivers: This provision prohibits an SEA’s ability to grant to its SAUs waivers of the carryover limitation more than once every three years (ESEA section 1127(b)).

 

New on the Ed Recovery Web Site

ARRA SFSF Phase II State Plans

2010-11 ARRA Stabilization Funds (4/27/10)
RTF | PDF

MEDMS ARRA Reported Data View Feature Access Instructions
     Instructions for viewing prior MEDMS ARRA Reporting module entries

Education Jobs Bill
Including guidance, estimate of allocations, workbook

State Fiscal Stabilization Application Phase 3 (04/09/10)
DOC | RTF | PDF

Supporting Low Performing Schools
     Info. Letter 72: Conference Call Re: Identifying "Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools"
    PowerPoint: Supporting Low Performing Schools (PPT | PDF)
    Podcast from the conference call

List of Required Data Elements (America Competes Act)

MDOE Requirements for Receipt of ARRA Funds (9/10/09)

Title I Uses of Funds Guidance
     Title I ARRA funds (PDF) (09/02/09)

IDEA Uses of Funds Guidance (Parts B and C)
     IDEA Part B ARRA Funds (PDF)
     IDEA Part C ARRA Funds (PDF)

Response to Intervention Guidance
     RTI Guidance

Recovery & Reinvestment Report #4
Update on Stimulus Funds

Stabilization checks for state FY09 in the mail (6/23/09)
    Press release
    Updated spreadsheet (PDF) (7/7/09)


Maine Department of Education


Questions and Answers

Communications

Information on the laptops expansion, discussed at the superintendent’s briefing, can be found on the MLTI website

Guidance

Funds and Reporting Requirements

  • State Fiscal Stabilization Application Phase 3 (04/09/10) DOC | RTF | PDF
  • Stabilization checks for state FY09 in the mail
    (6/23/09)

        Press release
        Updated spreadsheet (7/7/09) (PDF)

  • Phase I State Fiscal Stabilization Fund application for state FY 09 (PDF)
  • IDEA Regular FFY 2009 (State FY2010) Award and ARRA Funds (spreadsheet) (4/13/09)
    RTF | PDF
  • Title I Regular FFY 2009 (State FY2010) Est. Award and ARRA Funds (spreadsheet) (4/13/09)
    RTF | PDF
  • 2008-2009 ARRA Stabilization Funds
    These figures are necessary in submitting the SFSF Application Form, below (5/13/09)
    RTF
    | PDF
  • 2009-10 ARRA Stabilization Funds (spreadsheet) (6/22/09) Revised
    RTF | PDF
  • 2010-11 ARRA Stabilization Funds (4/27/10)
    RTF | PDF
  • April 2009 ARRA Coding Guidance
    RTF | PDF


U.S.
Department of Education


White House

Council of Chief State School Officers(CSS0)

  • ARRA - Summary of USDE Guidance*
    RTF | PDF
  • ARRA Timeline, CCSSO and Maine DOE* (3/16/09)
    RTF | PDF
  • Summary of the ARRA, prepared by CCSSO* (3/12/09)
    RTF | PDF


State and Federal Statute


Third Parties

These resources are from third parties that we have not reviewed for accuracy, but which appear to contain accurate and useful information.

Visit Governor John Baldacci's Recovery Website
Information on Maine's preparations for the federal recovery package and its potential impact on Maine