Here's the latest announcement from the Feds about the next big wave of Stimulus money headed this way.
In essence, the state gets nearly $2 billion in money -- most of it supposed to go to education -- in exchange for doing all sorts of data reporting and accountablity- and choice- type things.
I suppose the state could try and refuse the money, as I think South Carolina is trying to do. But I doubt it'll happen.
NEARLY $1.4 BILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ILLINOIS TO SAVE JOBS AND DRIVE REFORM
Application for Part 1 of Illinois' State Stabilization Funds Approved Today
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced
that nearly $1.4 billion is now available for Illinois 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 thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.
"The real impact of the nearly $2 billion Illinois has
received so far will be determined not at the federal level, but at the
local level in districts across the state," Duncan said. "We will be
watching to see if Illinois state leaders, superintendents, principals
and teachers seize this critical opportunity to turn around whole
systems and schools."
Illinois is receiving $1.4 billion today per the State's
successful completion of Part 1 of the State Stabilization Application,
which was made available April 1. Eighty two percent of these funds are
to be distributed to public elementary, secondary, and higher education
institutions, with the remaining 18 percent to be available for
education, school modernization, public safety, or other government
services. Illinois, California and South Dakota are the first three
states to successfully complete applications and be approved for the
first round of state stabilization funding. Illinois will be eligible
to apply for another $678 million in state stabilization funds this
To date, Illinois has received nearly $500 million in
education stimulus funds-- representing a combination of funding for
Title I, IDEA, Vocational Rehabilitation grants, Independent Living
grants, Impact Aid dollars and Homeless Education grants. On April 1,
Illinois received more than $210 million in Title I funding and more
than $270 million in IDEA funding. This amount represents 50 percent
of the total Title I and IDEA funding for which Illinois is eligible.
On April 1, Illinois also received more than $10 million in Vocational
Rehab funds and nearly $2 million in Independent Living funds. On April
10, the state received more than $624,000 in Impact Aid Funding and
$2.6 million in Homeless Education grants.
In order to receive today's funds, Illinois provided
assurances that they 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.
Illinois is also required by the U.S. 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.
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