News in Brief
Federal Officials Tell California to Prove 'Maintenance of Effort'
The U.S. Department of Education told California officials last week that they must respond to allegations raised by educators and community groups that the state’s proposed K-12 budget falls short of meeting the required “maintenance of effort” provision in the federal economic-stimulus law.
The department is giving Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger until March 26 to respond to the allegations. Maintaining a minimum funding level for K-12 education is a condition for states to receive money from the stimulus program’s State Fiscal Stabilization Fund.
California is slated to receive roughly $200 million for schools in the second phase of the fund. The state is grappling with an enormous budget shortfall that is expected to deal more blows to already-battered school districts.
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