May 27, 2009
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U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that $672 million is now available for Washington under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts. Washington will be eligible to apply for another $331 million this fall. Today's funding is being made available per Washington's successful completion of Part 1 of the State Stabilization Application, which was made available on April 1st.
"The $672 million Washington will receive today is part of the single largest boost in education funding in recent history," said Duncan. "The President's leadership and support from Congress have made this historic investment possible. Washington can now utilize these funds to save jobs and lay the groundwork for a generation of education reform."
To date, Washington has received $194 million in education stimulus funds-representing a combination of funding for Title I, IDEA, Vocational Rehabilitation Grants and Independent Living Grants. On April 1st, Washington received $68 million in Title I funding and more than $119 million in IDEA funding. This represents 50% of the Title I and IDEA funding Washington is eligible for in total. On April 1st, Washington also received more than $5 million in Vocational Rehab funds and more than $1 million in Independent Living funds.
In order to receive today's funds, Washington provided assurances that it will collect, publish, analyze and act on basic information regarding the quality of classroom teachers, annual student improvements, college readiness, the effectiveness of state standards and assessments, progress on removing charter caps, and interventions in turning around underperforming schools.
Washington is also required by the Department of Education to report the number of jobs saved through Recovery Act funding, the amount of state and local tax increases averted, and how funds are used.
See Washington and other state applications for initial funding under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program at http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/resources.html.
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