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American Recovery and Reinvestement Act

Fast Facts about the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides approximately $100 billion for education, creating a historic opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, support states and school districts, and advance reforms and improvements that will create long-lasting results for our students and our nation including early learning, K-12, and post-secondary education. Below, you'll find quick answers to common questions about the education portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

This information will be expanded in the coming weeks as new information is released. We recommend checking back frequently for more information.

 Selected ARRA Education and Early Childhood Program Information

Selected ARRA Education Program Highlights:

Education for the Disadvantaged (Title I, Part A)

$10 Billion is included for the Education for the Disadvantaged portion of the Bill

Of the $10 Billion in Title I, Part A formula grants, 50% will be obligated by the Department of Education (USED) to states by April 2009.  The remaining Title I, Part A funding, will be obligated by September 30, 2009.

These ARRA Title I, Part A funds are in addition to the federal FY09 Title I, Part A grants.  

For more information and district-level information on Title I funding, please visit the USED ARRA Title I, Part A Fact Sheet and Scholastic's ARRA Title I, Part A Fact Sheet

Find more information on programs and services that are eligible for Title I funding, and how Scholastic can help.

Title I School Improvement Grants

$3 Billion is included to improve lowest performing schools. These funds will be obligated to states in early 2010 and are in addition to the federal FY09 School Improvement Grants. For more information please visit the USED ARRA Title I School Improvement Grants Fact Sheet and Scholastic's ARRA School Improvement Funding Fact Sheet .

Special Education (IDEA, Part B)

ARRA includes $11.7 Billion for IDEA, Part B. $400 million of this amount is for Pre-School grants.

Of the ARRA IDEA, Part B funding, 50% will be obligated to states by the Department of Education to states by April 1, 2009. The remaining funding will be obligated to states by September 30, 2009. 

These IDEA, Part B funds are in addition to the federal FY09 IDEA, Part B Grants.  

For more information please visit the USED ARRA IDEA, Part B Fact Sheet and Scholastic's ARRA IDEA, Part B Fact Sheet.

Find more information on programs and services that are eligible for IDEA funding, and how Scholastic can help.

Special Education (IDEA, Part C)

ARRA includes $500 million for IDEA, Part C Grants through the Infants and Families Program for early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

The Department of Education obligated to states 50% of the ARRA IDEA, Part C Grants by April 1, 2009. The remaining 50% will be obligated to states by September 30, 2009.

Funds flow to the lead agency in each state designated by the Governor to implement the statewide system of early intervention services.  

These IDEA, Part C funds are in addition to the federal FY09 IDEA, Part C Grants.  

For more information please visit the USED ARRA IDEA Part C Fact Sheet and Scholastic's ARRA Early Childhood Fact Sheet.

Find more information on programs and services that are eligible for IDEA funding, and how Scholastic can help.

State Educational Technology Grants

$650 Million is designated for State Education Technology Grants and will be obligated to states on July 27, 2009. These funds are in addition to the federal FY09 EETT grants.

For more information visit the USED ARRA STate Technoiogy Grants Fact Sheet and Scholastic's State Educational Technology Grants Fact Sheet

Find more information on programs and services that are eligible for EETT funding, and how Scholastic can help.

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund

ARRA provides $48.6 billion for a State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) that the U.S. Department of Education will award to Governors. The economic recovery bill includes these funds in order to provide fiscal relief to the States to prevent tax increases and cutbacks in education and other critical services.

Within the SFSF, 81.8%--the Education Stabilization Fund--must be used to support public elementary, secondary, and higher education, and, as applicable, early childhood education programs and services. This funding may be used for any activity authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) (which includes the modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Adult Education Act), or the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act).

States must use their allocations to help restore for FY 2009, 2010, and 2011 support for public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education to the greater of the FY 2008 or FY 2009 level. Governors must assure that the states will maintain the same level of support for elementary and post-secondary education in FY 2009 through FY 2011 as it did in 2006.  Maintenance of effort waivers may be sought. 

Within two weeks of receipt of an approvable SFSF application, the Department will provide a state with 67 percent of its SFSF allocation. The Department anticipates that the phase-two funds will be awarded beginning July 1, 2009, on a rolling basis.

For more information on State Allocations for State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, please visit the The Department of Education State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Fact Sheet.

Early Childhood Programs

While some of the funding in ARRA for early childhood will be distributed to schools under Title I and IDEA formulas, funding will also be distributed through the Child Care Block Grant (CCBG) and Head Start. States will receive CCBG funding and distribute it to localities. Head Start funds will be distributed to local governments and contracting agencies.

  • $1 billion is included for Head Start. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Head Start grantees to manage these resources in order to sustain fiscal year 2009 awards through fiscal year 2010.
  • $1.1 billion is included for Early Head Start. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will manage these resources in order to sustain fiscal year 2009 awards through fiscal year 2010.
  • $2 billion is allocated to the Child Care Block Grant.

ARRA IDEA, Part B funding, includes $400 million for Preschool Grants and ARRA IDEA, Part C Grants funding includes $500 million for the Infants and Families Program.

Additionally, a portion of ARRA Title I, Part B funding allocated is expected to be directed to early childhood programs.

For more information on ARRA Early Childhood programs, please visit Scholastic's ARRA Early Childhood Fact Sheet.

More information on programs and services that are eligible for Early Childhood funding, and how Scholastic can help.

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