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Latest Update on Federal Stimulus Funds

July 10, 2009

The California Department of Education provided an update last week on recent activity relating to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides federal stimulus funds:

July 2, 2009

  1. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released new guidance regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B program.  The new guidance has created a Section H entitled “Treating Stabilization Funds as State or Local Funds for Purposes of Meeting the IDEA, Part B MOE Requirements.”  This section was created in response to comments received and will be incorporated in the previously released April 1st guidance document.  ED intends to periodically incorporate new questions and answers into a revised version of the complete guidance document. The guidance can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/guidance/idea-guidance-070109.doc.
  2. ED also announced that they are releasing the remaining $2.7 billion of “Government Services” funds, authorized under ARRA (http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/07/07012009e.html).  These funds were not scheduled for release for many more months, but because of current State budget troubles around the country the Secretary moved up the original time table.
  3. The California Department of Education (CDE) released information regarding the Second Apportionment for the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), including a June 23rd letter to counties from State Superintendent O’Connell (http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/sfsf08apptltr2.asp) and the schedule for the second apportionment (http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r14/documents/sfsf08apptsch2.xls). This is the apportionment of $880 million that provides funds to local education agencies in amounts equal to the reductions to categorical program funding enacted in February 2009.

July 1, 2009

  1. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell announced that McKinney-Vento funds from ARRA are now available to assist homeless students (http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr09/yr09rel99.asp). For a complete list of districts approved for ARRA McKinney-Vento funding, please visit the CDE Web page: Funding Results: Education for Homeless Children and Youth, ARRA of 2009
  2. State Superintendent O’Connell also announced that 242 School Food Authorities in 48 California counties will share more than $12.8 million in 2009 Equipment Assistance Grants (http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr09/yr09rel98.asp). For the list of grantees, please visit Funding Results: 2009 Equipment Assistance Grants.

June 30, 2009

  1. The CDE released a summary of State Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s June 23, 2009 teleconference to update Local Educational Agencies on ARRA (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ar/ov/documents/sum062309confcall.doc). The purpose of the call was to briefly review potential uses for ARRA funds, and to have an early review of the guidance on quarterly reporting requirements that the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released on June 22, 2009.

Source: California Department of Education