Press Release: 08-17-2010
California Recovery Dollars Have Provided Funding For More Than 47,000 Education Jobs
U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that an additional $487,549,876 is now available for California under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. To date, California has received $10,849,634,034 through the ARRA. The state recently reported that recovery dollars have been used to provide funding for more than 47,000 education jobs from April 1 to June 30, 2010, while also supporting programs that drive education reform.
“With this application, California provided us with basic information on what is working in their classrooms,” said Duncan. “This data is a critical tool in helping us work together–with students, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and elected officials at every level–to improve education for California’s students.”
The application required states to provide data that will lay the foundation for reform including:
How teachers and principals are evaluated and how this information is used to support, retain, promote, or remove staff. The extent to which the state has a Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems that includes all the necessary America COMPETES Act requirements and how it will implement a comprehensive system by 2011. Whether the state provides student growth data on current students and the students taught in the previous year to, at a minimum, teachers of reading/language arts and mathematics in grades in which the state administers assessments in those subjects in a manner that is timely and informs instructional programs. The number and identity of the schools that are Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring that are identified as persistently lowest-achieving schools.
State applications must describe the state’s current ability to collect the data or other information needed for the assurance indicators and descriptors as well as the state’s current ability to make the data or information easily available to the public. If the state is currently able to fully collect and publicly report the required data or other information at least annually, the state must provide the most recent data or information with its plan.
If a state is not currently able to fully collect or publicly report the data or other information at least annually, the plan must describe the state’s process and timeline for developing and implementing the means to do so as soon as possible but no later than Sept. 30, 2011. The state plan must describe the state’s collection and public reporting abilities with respect to each individual indicator or descriptor. The application, requirements, and summary of the requirements can all be found here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/applicant.html.
In addition to the more than $487 million announced today, the ARRA has provided $10,362,084,158 in funding through 12 different programs to the state of California. Prior to today’s announcement, California had received:
- $5,472,717,555 in State Fiscal Stabilization funds through their successful completion of part 1 of the application. The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund program is a new one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion distributed directly to states to:
- $1,124,920,473 in Title I funds. The Recovery Act provides $10 billion in additional Title I, Part A funds to state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to support schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live in poverty in order to help improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet state academic achievement standards.
- $1,327,483,662 in IDEA funds. The ARRA provides $12.2 billion in additional funding for Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living. Part C of the IDEA provides funds to each state lead agency designated by the Governor to implement statewide systems of coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary interagency programs and make early intervention services available to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Source: Press Release http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/california-receive-more-487-million-additional-recovery-funds