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ERIC Number: EJ833299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-18
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Guidelines Sketch Out Use of Aid: Federal Stimulus Allocations to Come Soon, with Strings
Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v28 n25 p1, 16-17 Mar 2009
The eagerly awaited federal guidelines on some $100 billion in stimulus funding for public education aim to pump money out quickly, while giving the U.S. Department of Education leverage to demand improvements from states and districts. But those same states and districts are also warned not to expect the hefty sums for K-12 programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to become part of a new baseline for federal aid. This article reports that the guidelines advise recipients to use the extra money coming over the next two years for short-term expenditures that could have longer-term benefits for student learning. And as state and local officials gird for the challenge of managing the stimulus money, they are being told to keep careful track of every dollar in order to meet rigorous transparency and accountability requirements. The first batch of education stimulus money will be made available swiftly, federal officials say, and with relatively few strings attached. But the Education Department is asking states to submit much more detailed information on how they plan to improve student learning before they can tap a sizable portion of their second round of funding. And, to tap a portion of special education aid and Title I funding for disadvantaged students, states must explain how they will comply with transparency and accounting requirements. The biggest single restriction in the guidelines issued March 7 involves the $53.6 billion State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, the bulk of which is aimed at steadying faltering state budgets in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act