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Title: ARRA, Economic Stimulus or Education Innovation

ARRA, Economic Stimulus or Education Innovation?
Daniel A. Domenech American Association of School
American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • Goals of the money
  • Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs.
  • Improve student achievement through school
    improvement and reform.
  • Ensure transparency, reporting and
  • Invest thoughtfully to minimize funding cliff.

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • 11.3 billion for IDEA, Part B
  • Districts can reduce their local effort by an
    amount equal to 50 percent of the federal
  • Reclaimed local dollars must be spent on
    activities authorized under ESEA
  • For instance, if your district gets a 500,000
    increase in IDEA, they could reduce their local
    effort in special education by 250,000 providing
    that they use those dollars for activities in
  • These funds should be used for short-term
    investments with the potential for long-term
    benefits. School districts should be careful to
    avoid expenditures they may not be able to
    sustain once the recovery funds are spent.
  • 400 million for IDEA, Section 619
  • 500 million for IDEA, Part C Infants Toddlers

Suggested Uses for IDEA Stimulus Funds
  • Allowable uses for IDEA funds in the stimulus
  • Obtaining state-of-the art assistive technology
    devices and provide training in their use to
    enhance access to the general curriculum for
    students with disabilities.
  • Providing intensive district-wide professional
    development for special education and regular
    education teachers that focuses on scaling-up,
    through replication, proven and innovative
    evidence-based school-wide strategies in reading,
    math, writing and science, and positive
    behavioral supports to improve outcomes for
    students with disabilities.
  • Developing or expanding the capacity to collect
    and use data to improve teaching and learning.
  • Expanding the availability and range of inclusive
    placement options for preschoolers with
    disabilities by developing the capacity of public
    and private preschool programs to serve these
  • Hiring transition coordinators to work with
    employers in the community to develop job
    placements for youths with disabilities.

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • 10 billion for Title I
  • State can reserve 4 percent for school
  • The new ESEA regulations will apply to the new
  • Districts will be permitted to apply for a waiver
    to prevent them from having to set aside funding,
    such as SES.
  • Need to report per pupil expenditure from state
    and local funds for every school by December 1,
  • 3 billion for School Improvement Grants
  • States should be spending these dollars on
    schools in need of improvement.
  • 40 of this money should be spent on middle and
    high schools.

Suggested Uses for Title I ARRA Funds
  • Providing new opportunities for Title I
    school-wide programs for secondary school
    students to use high-quality, online courseware
    as supplemental learning materials for meeting
    mathematics and science requirements
  • Establishing a system for identifying and
    training highly effective teachers to serve as
    instructional leaders in Title I school-wide
    programs and modifying the school schedule to
    allow for collaboration among the instructional
  • Establishing intensive, year-long teacher
    training for all teachers and the principal in a
    Title I elementary school in corrective action or
    restructuring status in order to train teachers
    to use a new reading curriculum that aggressively
    works on improving students' oral language skills
    and vocabulary or, in some other way, builds
    teachers' capacity to address academic
    achievement problems
  • Strengthen and expand early childhood education
    by providing resources to align a district-wide
    Title I pre-K program with state early learning
    standards and state content standards for grades
    K3 and, if there is a plan for sustainability
    beyond 201011, expanding high-quality Title I
    pre-K programs to larger numbers of young

Suggested Uses for Title I ARRA Funds
  • Using longitudinal data systems to drive
    continuous improvement efforts focused on
    improving achievement in Title I schools
  • Providing professional development to teachers in
    Title I targeted assistance programs on the use
    of data to inform and improve instruction for
    Title I-eligible students
  • Using reading or mathematics coaches to provide
    professional development to teachers in Title I
    targeted assistance programs and
  • Establishing or expanding fiscally sustainable
    extended learning opportunities for Title
    I-eligible students in targeted assistance
    programs, including activities provided before
    school, after school, during the summer, or over
    an extended school year.

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • 650 million for Title II, Part D Education
  • 250 million for states to develop longitudinal
    data systems
  • 200 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund
    (including merit pay)
  • 70 million for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
  • 100 million for Teacher Training, Title II of
    Higher Education Act

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • 53.6 billion for a state stabilization fund,
  • 39.5 billion for states to fund cuts to K-12 and
    higher education
  • Can spend anywhere in ESEA, IDEA, Perkins Career
    Tech, Adult Family Literacy or for school
  • 5 billion Race to the Top Fund to be based on
    distribution of teachers, creation of
    longitudinal data systems, development of
    assessments for special education and ELL and
    efforts in school improvement (including 650
    million innovation grants) and
  • 8.8 billion for states to spend anywhere within
    their state budget, including education school

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • School Modernization
  • 24.8 Billion for QZABs and Bonds for New
  • 22 billion in tax credit bonds for new
    construction, distributed via Title I formula to
  • 100 largest, poorest school districts are
    guaranteed part 40 of their states bond
  • 2.8 Billion for expansion of the QZAB program.
  • House Education and Labor Committee just approved
    a direct grant program for modernization and
    renovation of schools with a focus on green

American Recovery Reinvestment Act
  • 89 billion for Federal Medicaid Assistant
    Payments, FMAP, which will provide necessary
    relief and reduce competition for limited state
    dollars between Medicaid and education and
  • 7.2 billion for broadband deployment.
  • Extension of the Medicaid Regulations moratoria
    until June 30, 2009.
  • Rule just released to rescind the Medicaid
    Regulations. We need comments in support to HHS!

Heading Toward Implementation
  • Focus is on transparency with a fast spend out.
  • All expenditure of ARRA funds will be listed on a
    federal website.
  • First half of Title I and IDEA dollars flowed to
    states on April 1, 2009.
  • States are required to pass down Title by end
    of April.
  • Second half of Title I and IDEA dollars will flow
    by September 30, 2009.
  • 85 of Title I and IDEA funds must be obligated
    by September 30, 2010 with the remainder
    obligated by September 30, 2011.

Stimulus vs. Innovation
  • School districts are having a hard time juggling
    the two.
  • Where dollars are going to backfill budget
    shortfalls, not much left for innovation.
  • Concern over funding cliff has districts afraid
    of spending on non-sustainable projects.