Thursday, April 23, 2009

State School Board to hold Special Meeting re: Federal Stimulus Funding

Board to discuss first allocations of Federal Stimulus funding to schools

The State Board of Education will hold a specially-called meeting on April 28 to allocate the first wave of stimulus funds to local school districts.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, at 8 a.m. in the State Board Room, 2070 Twin Towers East. To save resources and time, the meeting will be held via conference call. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the State Board of Education's eBoard Website.

The purpose of this meeting is to award the first part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to local school districts. This first allocation is for grants that go to the education of Students with Disabilities (IDEA) and economically-disadvantaged students (Title I).

Under ARRA, Georgia school districts will get a total of about $351 million in additional Title I funds and $314 million in additional IDEA funds. About half the funds will be allocated at this meeting. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to make the remaining Title I and IDEA funds available in the fall.

In addition to the Title I and IDEA funds, ARRA is expected to provide Georgia schools with other funding. Estimated funding includes:

- More than $22 million in Education Technology State Grants
- More than $10 million in IDEA grants for pre-school students
- About $900 million in "fiscal stabilization" funds that the Governor can use for K-12 education

To see proposed district-level allocations and other information, go to: http://www.gadoe.org/pea_communications.aspx?ViewMode=1&obj=1791
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