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Title: Texas Funding for Education and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009


1
  • Texas Funding for Education and the American
    Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
  • May 6, 2009 Webinar

2
Webinar Guidelines/Procedures
  • All attendee phones are muted
  • Questions can be asked through the online chat
    function
  • All questions will be answered through an agency
    FAQ document that will be placed on the TEA
    website

3
Webinar Outline
  • ARRA Overview
  • Title I funding
  • IDEA funding
  • Application
  • Stabilization funding
  • Reporting, Accountability, Transparency
  • Resources

4
ARRA Overview
  • Over 100 billion education investment
  • Historic opportunity to stimulate economy and
    improve education
  • Success depends on leadership, judgment,
    coordination, and communication

5
Guiding Principles
6
ARRA Core Reforms
7
Texas Target Investments
Increasing efforts to institute rigorous
post-secondary standards and high quality (valid,
reliable) assessments
Ensure continuing to improve teacher
effectiveness and supporting the equitable
distribution of qualified teachers across the
state
Enhancing pre-kindergarten to post-secondary data
systems that track progress and foster continuous
improvement
Expand the states support and effective
interventions for the lowest-performing schools
8
ARRA National Landscape
Title I and IDEA Funds 21.3 billion
9
ARRA Texas Landscape
10
ARRA Funds for Texas
Stimulus  
Title I, Part A 944 M
Title I, School Improvement Grants 285 M
Title II, Part D - Education Technology 59 M
Title VII, Subtitle B - McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act 3 M
IDEA, Part B - Grants to States 945 M
IDEA, Part B - Pre-School Grants 24 M
Total 2.2 B
Stabilization (SFSF)  
Education Stabilization Fund (81.8) 3.2 B
Government Services Fund (18.2) 723 M
Total 3.9 B
Other  
Tax Bonds - Specific LEAs 465 M
Tax Bonds - State Allocation 538 M
Total 1 B
11
LEA obligation timelines
Title I, Part A in absence of a waiver, 85 must
be obligated
September 30, 2010
September 30, 2011
SFSF must be obligated
Title I, Part A in absence of a waiver, any
remaining funds must be obligated
IDEA, Part B (majority during 08/09 09/10)
remaining funds must be obligated
12
Strategic Reform
TEA is committed to providing every student in
Texas with access to an effective teacher, in an
effort to close the achievement gap.
  • Improve student achievement.
  • Effectiveness of our state reform efforts and the
    states success among our peers will be solely
    based on your commitment and progress toward the
    four target investments. 
  • BE BOLD! Think very creatively and innovatively.

13
USDE Guiding Questions for Uses of Funds
  • Can the LEA answer "yes" to all five questions?

14
Question 1. Drive results for students?
  • Will the proposed use of funds drive improved
    results for students, including students in
    poverty, students with disabilities, and English
    Language Learners?

15
Question 2. Increase capacity?
  • Will the proposed use of funds increase
    educator's long-term capacity to improve results
    for students?

16
Question 3. Accelerate reform?
  • Will the proposed use of funds advance state,
    district, or school improvement plans and the
    reform goals encompassed in ARRA?

17
Question 4. Avoid the cliff and improve
productivity?
  • Will the proposed use of funds avoid recurring
    costs that states, school systems, and schools
    are unprepared to assume when this funding ends?
    Given these economic times, will the proposed use
    serve as "bridge funding" to help transition to
    more effective and efficient approaches?

18
Question 5. Foster continuous improvement?
  • Will the proposed use of funds include
    approaches to measure and track implementation
    and results and create feedback loops to modify
    or discontinue strategies based on evidence?

19
  • Stimulus Funds
  • Title I

20
Title I, Part A ARRA Flow of Funds from USDE
  • 10 billion under Title I, Part A on top of
    regular SY 2009-2010 allocation.
  • USDE released 50 on April 1, 2009.
  • Remaining 50 available from USDE upon approval
    of State plan amendment on recordkeeping and
    reporting requirements.

21
Funds Available to LEAs
  • Title I, Part A (available now)
  • School Improvement 1003(a) (available in the
    fall)
  • Title I, Part D, Subpart 2 (available now)
  • Note State must reserve 4 for school
    improvement and for Title I, Part D, Subpart 2
    programs.
  • Other ARRA funding supporting NCLB
  • SIP 1003 (g) (SIP Academy Grant) (available in
    the fall)
  • Title II, Part D (formula) (available in the fall)

22
USDE Guidance on Uses of Funds
  • Released on Friday, April 24, 2009.
  • Generic guidance on uses of ARRA funds.
  • Specific guidance on Title I, Part A uses of
    funds forthcoming.

23
Uses of Title I, Part A - ARRA Funds
  • ARRA Title I funding must be expended for
    allowable Title I, Part A activities.
  • All ARRA Title I funded activities must be
    supplemental to state and local requirements.
  • All Title I programmatic requirements apply.
  • Activities must meet identified needs from the
    comprehensive needs assessment process.

24
Uses of Title I, Part A ARRA Funds
  • Activities must be identified in the Campus
    Improvement Plan.
  • The types of activities listed in Parts 4-15 of
    the Program Description Schedule PS3111 serve as
    examples of allowable uses of the funds, as long
    as they are meeting needs identified by the
    campus and are supplemental to state or local
    requirements, that align to the state's
    priorities for education.

25
Title I Comprehensive Needs Assessment Process
  • The Title I campus must conduct the Title I
    comprehensive needs assessment to determine the
    identified needs to be met with the ARRA Title I
    funds.
  • The Title I campus maintains proper documentation
    of those identified needs.

26
Title I Comprehensive Needs Assessment Process
  • As LEAs/campuses begin (or continue) the Title I
    comprehensive needs assessment process to
    determine the Title I needs to be met with the
    ARRA Title I funding, ensure that all Title I
    student groups are represented in the needs
    assessment, including students with limited
    English proficiency (LEP) and Migrant students.
    Migrant and LEP students are Title I students
    first and then their services are supplemented by
    Migrant or Title III. Be sure to include the
    needs of these students as well as other students
    on the Title I campus(es) in the uses of the ARRA
    Title I funding.

27
Required Campus Allocations
  • Funds may be used to increase the per-pupil
    amount allocated to each Title I, Part A campus
    or to serve new Title I, Part A campuses.
    Regardless, a campus with a lower low-income
    percentage may not receive a higher per-pupil
    allocation than a campus with a higher low-income
    percentage.

28
Required Campus Allocations
  • Due to LEAs striving to invest these funds in
    ways that do not result in unsustainable
    continuing commitments after the funding expires,
    the TEA anticipates that LEAs may plan for higher
    than normal district-level initiatives however,
    the LEA must allocate an appropriate amount of
    the ARRA Title I, Part A funding to campuses
    following the statutory allocation rules.

29
Required Campus Allocations
  • TEA will question the LEA and ask for additional
    clarification if the application reflects a less
    than appropriate amount of funds being allocated
    to Title I campuses.

30
Required Title I Set-Asides
  • All required district-level set asides apply to
    ARRA Title I, Part A funds (unless a waiver is
    granted).
  • LEA must provide equitable services to
    participating private nonprofit schools.
  • TEA will waive the 15 carryover requirement
    under Ed-Flex.
  • Many set-aside requirements may not be waived
    under Ed-Flex therefore, TEA may apply for
    waivers to USDE.

31
Fiscal Issues and Waivers
  • USDE has said it will consider requests for
    waivers for "set-aside requirements.
  • USDE has asked states not to submit waivers until
    it releases its waiver process.

32
Fiscal Issues and Waivers
  • ED may not waive the supplement, not supplant
    requirement, but in cases of severe budget
    shortfalls LEAs may have avenues to demonstrate
    compliance. See http//www.ed.gov/programs/titlei
    parta/fiscalguid.pdf.
  • ED will consider requests to count SFSF funds as
    non-federal for purposes of MOE.

33
Unallowable Uses of ARRA Title I Funding
  • Any activity that is not supplemental for a Title
    I-served campus
  • Construction, modernization, renovation, or
    repair or
  • Using 100 of the funds at the district level.

34
Resources
  • An ARRA Title I FAQ document is being finalized
    for dissemination soon.
  • Program Guidelines in eGrants including Special
    Instructions section.
  • Regular Title I, Part A Guidance document on NCLB
    website http//ritter.tea.state.tx.us/nclb/newpol
    icy/title1a.pdf

35
  • IDEA B Stimulus Funds

36
Data Sources
  • State Performance Plan Indicators
  • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System
    Indicators

37
Sources of Information
  • 2007 Annual Performance Planhttp//ritter.tea.sta
    te.tx.us/special.ed/spp/TX-APR2007.pdf
  • Public Reporting of District Performance Against
    SPP Targets http//ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special
    .ed/spp/distprofiles.html
  • Letters of Compliance with SPP Indicators 11, 12,
    and 13

38
IDEA - Uses of the Funding
  • Obtain state-of-the art assistive technology
    devices and provide training in their use to
    enhance access to the general curriculum for
    students with disabilities.
  • Provide 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.

39
IDEA - Uses of the Funding
  • Develop or expand the capacity to collect and use
    data to improve teaching and learning.
  • Expand 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
    children.
  • Hire transition coordinators to work with
    employers in the community to develop job
    placements for youths with disabilities.

40
Questions should be directed to your Education
Service Center
41
  • Applying for ARRA
  • Funded Grants through TEA

42
NCLB IDEA ConsolidatedFederal ARRA/Stimulus
Grant Application
  • Planning Allocations for these programs are
    posted on the TEA website
  • You can access those allocations via the Stimulus
    link on the front page of the TEA website
    http//www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id3873
  • or through the Division of Formula Funding
    website http//ritter.tea.state.tx.us/opge/formfu
    nd/generalinformation/entitlementsbyprogram.html

43
NCLB IDEA Consolidated Federal ARRA/Stimulus
Grant Application Continued
  • Applications for these programs opened in eGrants
    April 15, 2009.
  • Both The NCLB and the IDEA-B Consolidated Federal
    ARRA/Stimulus Grant Application are accessed via
    the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment
    (TEA SE) portal https//seguin.tea.state.tx.us/ap
    ps/logon.asp
  • If you do not have TEA SE access for eGrants, you
    should visit the TEA SE webpage at
    http//www.tea.state.tx.us/opge/egrant/index.html
  • An overview of the TEA SE online request process
    can be found at http//www.tea.state.tx.us/opge/e
    grant/eGrantsOverview.pdf If further assistance
    is needed, please call the eGrants Help Desk at
    (512) 463-7025 or email egrants_at_tea.state.tx.us

44
Application Information
  • The NCLB Consolidated Federal ARRA/Stimulus Grant
    Application includes
  • Title I, Part A- Improving Basic Programs
  • Title I, Part D, Subpart 2- Delinquent Programs
  • Title II, Part D- Technology (available fall
    2009)
  • The IDEA-B Consolidated Federal ARRA/Stimulus
    Grant Application includes
  • IDEA-B ARRA Formula
  • IDEA-B ARRA Preschool
  • In the fall of 2009, a separate eGrants
    application will include
  • Title I (ARRA) School Improvement Grant
  • Title I (ARRA) School Improvement Academy Grant

45
Submitting your application
  • The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 1,
    2009 at 500 p. m. Central Time.
  • However- You should submit your application as
    soon as you have completed it.
  • Your submission dateyour stamp-in date will
    establish the effective date for these ARRA
    funds.
  • For example, if you submit your application in
    substantially approvable form on May 7, 2009,
    thats the date your grant starts. Thats the
    date you can begin incurring expenses.
  • When you receive your Notice of Grant Award
    (NOGA), your stamp-in date will be shown as the
    Begin Date of your ARRA grant.
  • NOTE Your regular 2008-2009 NCLB and IDEA
    Consolidated application will have a Begin Date
    of July 1, 2009 or the stamp-in date, whichever
    is later, as always.

46
Submitting your application
  • BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
  • Be sure you have carefully read all the
    guidelines in your application,
  • including all the provisions and assurances,
  • including the special ARRA provisions and
    assurances which will be the last set of
    provisions and assurances in your application.
  • And- remember you will not be issued a NOGA
    until your have submitted your DUNS number and
    CAGE code to TEA, and TEA has verified them. We
    also need your Congressional District.
  • Please refer to the April 17, 2009, letter posted
    to the TEA Correspondence webpage pertaining to
    Data Collection of DUNS Number, CCR CAGE Code,
    and U.S. Congressional District NumberRequired
    for Award of ARRA (aka Stimulus) Funds.
  • Submit collection to TEA at this link
    https//landry.tea.state.tx.us/TEA_Survey/Grants/a
    rradata/arradata.htm

47
  • Stabilization Funds (SFSF)
  • Education Stabilization and Government Services
    Funds

48
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF)
  • Education funds for elementary and secondary must
    run through States primary funding formulae.
  • LEAs may use funds for any activity authorized
    under ESEA, IDEA, Adult Ed, or Perkins, including
    modernization of school facilities LEAs
    encouraged to use funds for activities that
    advance progress on the assurances and drive
    lasting results without unsustainable recurring
    costs.
  • Governor must assure the State will maintain same
    level of support for education in FY 09-11 as it
    did in FY06.

49
Education Stabilization Fund
  • Governor must submit application for funds to
    become available.
  • 67 of funds available to Texas within two weeks
    of approvable application.
  • Application will ask for
  • Assurances that the State is committed to
    advancing education reform in four specific
    areas
  • Baseline data that demonstrate the State's
    current status in each of the four education
    reform areas and
  • A description of how the State intends to use its
    Stabilization allocation.

50
Education Stabilization Fund Continued
  • Remaining funds (33) will be available with
    submission of amendable application.
  • Application will ask for
  • The State's plan detailing its strategies for
    addressing the education reform objectives
    described in the assurances
  • A description of how the State is implementing
    the record-keeping and reporting requirements of
    ARRA and
  • A description of how SFSF and other funding will
    be used in a fiscally prudent way that
    substantially improves teaching and learning.

51
Government Services Fund
  • States may use for education, public safety and
    other government services.
  • Services may include modernization, renovation,
    and repair of public schools.

52
SFSF - Other Funds
  • Race to the Top- 4.35 B competitive grants to
    States making most progress toward the assurances
  • Investing in What Works and Innovation - 650 M
    competitive grants to LEAs and non-profits
  • Data System Grants - 250 M
  • TIF Grants - 200 M
  • School Improvement Grants - 3 B
  • 2010 grant awards will be made in two rounds -
    late Fall 2009, Summer 2010

53
Effective Use of SFSF Funds
  • Targeted professional development
  • Virtual schools (including dual-credit
    coursework)
  • Intensive Technology-Based Academic Intervention
  • Resources necessary for world languages in the
    elementary grades
  • Improving data systems
  • Improving teacher assessments
  • Teacher incentives program
  • Invest in the physical plant by improving such
    things as classroom space science laboratories,
    and technology access.
  • Technology products (interactive whiteboards,
    handheld technologies)
  • Development or expansion of Pre-K or full day
    kindergarten
  • High School Redesign
  • Invest in career and technical education
    equipment based on needs identified by regional
    employers
  • Additional guidance available at
    http//www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/guidance
    /uses.doc

54
Effective Use of Title I and IDEA Funds
  • Providing tuition and stipends for teachers
  • Content-based mentoring and induction programs
  • Provide quality coursework including Stem and
    dual credit opportunities to increase
    postsecondary readiness
  • Target training and stipends to address
    strategies on the development of effective IEPs
  • Preparation programs aligned with college and
    career readiness standards
  • Provide teachers the tools to implement
    project-based learning and
  • Expand half-day PK programs to full day.
  • Additional guidance available at
    http//www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id4164

55
  • Accountability, Reporting and Transparency

56
Accountability and Reporting
  • Funds received under ARRA must be reported and
    tracked separately.
  • Purchases must be meaningful and aligned to the
    ARRA goals and principals.
  • All purchases must address current needs.
  • Districts must submit quarterly reports to TEA,
    funding contingent upon compliance.
  • Unknown if can consolidate administrative funds
    with NCLB.
  • Unknown if can combine funds in school-wide
    programs.

57
Accountability and Reporting
  • Information posted on US Education Department web
    site and TEA Program Guidelines, Provisions, and
    Assurances.
  • Reports will include
  • Number and type of jobs saved
  • Number and type of jobs created
  • Programs delivered
  • Taxes increases averted vs. tax reductions (SFSF)
  • Additional metrics

58
Accountability and Reporting
  • Each district must
  • have a DUNS Number (Data Universal Numbering
    System) as the unique identifier required for
    reporting for ARRA funds
  • register with Central Contractor Registration
    (CCR) including designating an E-Business Point
    of Contact and creating a Marketing Partner
    Identification Number
  • acquire a CAGE Code for CCR and
  • report data collection to TEA otherwise the NOGAs
    will not be issued.

59
Title I, Part A Reporting
  • School by School listing of Per-Pupil
    Expenditures from state and local sources during
    the 2008-2009 academic year
  • Due to TEA no later than December 1, 2009
  • TEA must report to USDE by March 31, 2010
  • Format is forthcoming

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Resources
  • Federal Information State Information
  • www.recovery.gov www.tea.state.tx.us/arrastim
    ulus
  • www.FederalReporting.gov

For questions regarding Texas SFSF
Email arrastimulus_at_tea.state.tx.us Phone
(512) 936-3647 For questions regarding Texas
NCLB funding in ARRA Email nclb_at_tea.state.tx.us P
hone (512) 463-9374
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