Schools and the Stimulus 2010
A Midterm Report
February 10, 2010
As the first year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ends and the second year begins, Education Week takes a close look at the impact education stimulus dollars have had and sheds light on what the next year will bring.
- Special Education 'Funding Cliff' Hits Special Education in N.C. DistrictLike many districts, New Hanover County, N.C., schools used federal economic-stimulus aid to pay for special education teaching assistants. Now that the money has run out, it may be time to let them go.Education Funding Losing States in Race to Top Scramble to Meet PromisesImplementing ambitious plans pledged during the application process could prove tough without the federal funding.Education Funding 20 States Split $250 Million To Expand Data SystemsThe awards seek to help states link data about students from their early-childhood years into their careers.School & District Management Race to Top Hopefuls Seek to Crack 'Buy-In' PuzzleApplicants look for district and union support without diluting proposals and hurting their shot at the $3.4 billion still left.Teaching Profession 275,000 School Jobs on Chopping Block, Survey SaysLocal superintendents warn of deep personnel cuts in the 2010-2011 school year.Education Tenure Rules Tightened as Md. Gears Up for Race to Top BidTeachers would have to put in three years, instead of two, to earn tenure, under recently passed legislation.Teaching Profession Race to Top Win Poses $100 Million Test for DelawareThe state now begins the hard task of turning its school reform plan into reality, with the help of federal stimulus aid.Education Funding Tennessee Targets Teaching With Race to Top WinningsBetter educator quality and turning around schools are key elements of the reform plan that made the state one of just two first-round winners.Education States Make In-Person Pitches for Share of Race to Top FundsRepresentatives of the 16 states that are finalists in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition faced panels of judges in Washington earlier this month.School & District Management Washington Gov. Signs K-12 Reform Bills Into LawGov. Chris Gregoire returned to her hometown high school Monday to sign into law a package of education bills, including a plan that could help the state compete for a slice of the Obama administration's $4.35 billion Race to the Top program.School Choice & Charters Federal Money a Factor in Miss. Charter School DebateMississippi legislators are considering a charter school proposal that proponents say could better position the state for the federal Race to the Top competition and provide an option for parents with children in struggling schools.Education In Flip-Flop, Montana Opts to Vie for Race to TopMonths after Montana education leaders said the requirements for a type of federal education grant pushed an urban agenda onto rural states, those same leaders are putting together an application for the next round of Race to the Top grants.Education Minn. Teachers’ Union Battles Race to the Top ChangesWhether Minnesota would submit a second application for hundreds of millions in federal education grants was in doubt Tuesday as the powerful state teachers union came out against a teacher licensing bill that would help the bid.States Race to Top Hopefuls Honing In-Person Bids for Share of $4 BillionFifteen states and the District of Columbia prepare for next week’s high-stakes pitch for $4 billion in stimulus grants.Education Federal Officials Tell California to Prove 'Maintenance of Effort'State officials must respond to allegations that the state’s proposed K-12 budget falls short of meeting the required “maintenance of effort” provision in the federal economic-stimulus law.Education Funding The Sweet Sixteen: Race to Top First-Round Finalists SnapshotsThis interactive map shows highlights from the 16 Race to Top finalists' proposals. Details include grant amount requested, districts buying-ins, and use of funds.Education Firing of Teachers at Rhode Island School Ignites BattleNo more than half the teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island would be hired back under the controversial moved.Education Nevada Lawmakers Remove Block to Eligibility for Race to Top GrantsNevada lawmakers have passed a bill lifting a roadblock to the state’s eligibility for competitive federal education grants.States K-12 Cuts Loom Again as States' Fiscal Woes ContinueAbout half of the states expect to slash education spending in the coming fiscal year, prompting fears of layoffs, class-size hikes.Education Wash. Governor Confident of School Reform EffortsSome have criticized Gov. Chris Gregoire's education reform proposal for lacking boldness, but she said the bill moving through the Legislature has everything necessary to prepare the state to apply for millions of new dollars from the federal government.School Choice & Charters Va. Legislators Still Weighing Charter-School BillA Senate committee is getting more time to consider legislation that would expand the state's role in the charter-school approval process and would potentially allow more of such schools to open in Virginia.Education Nev. Acts on Teacher Evaluations in Race to Top BidNevada lawmakers Wednesday passed a bill lifting a roadblock to Nevada's eligibility for competitive federal education grants.Education Funding Concerns Raised About Impact of Stimulus on EquityShort-term aid may have long-term consequences for funds targeting students with disabilities and other disadvantages, researchers say.Education La. Educators to Be Tested in Race to the TopPastorek responded: "There's no doubt in my mind that the federal government will ensure that we live up to the terms of our plan. Even if I get run over by a truck tomorrow, we have to comply with this plan regardless and there are plenty of safeguards in place to make that happen."Education Schools Face Big Budget Holes as Stimulus Runs OutThe nation's public schools are falling under severe financial stress as states slash education spending and drain federal stimulus money that staved off deep classroom cuts and widespread job losses.Education Funding Concerns Raised About Impact of Stimulus on EquityShort-term aid may have long-term consequences for funds targeting students with disabilities and other disadvantages, researchers say.Education Report Calculates Stimulus Saved 329,000 School Jobs Last FallIn the last three months of 2009, the education portion of the federal economic-stimulus program paid for 329,551 school-related jobs, according to the latest reports from states and school districts.Education Funding As Education's Funding Cliff Nears, Anxieties RiseStates and school districts are already mapping strategies to maintain their momentum after the federal stimulus aid stops flowing.Education Funding Obama to Seek Up to $4 Billion Boost for EducationThe president voices support for K-12 education in a State of the Union speech that calls for freezing other domestic spending.Education Funding Obama Seeks to Make Race to Top Grants Permanent ProgramThe president says he will ask for an additional $1.35 billion in his fiscal 2011 budget request and open the competition to school districts.States All But 10 States Throw Hats Into Race to Top RingStiff competition is expected for the $4 billion in federal economic-stimulus grants aimed at spurring state-level education reform.Education Tenn. Governor, Teachers' Union Agree on Testing DealGov. Phil Bredesen's proposal to require up to half of teacher evaluations and tenure decisions to be based on student testing scores cleared its first major legislative hurdle on Wednesday.Education Tenn. Lawmakers Given First Look at Education PlanLawmakers got their first detailed look Monday at Gov. Phil Bredesen's education proposals for a special legislative session, though some complained that they weren't given a full account of the plan.Federal States Change Policies With Eye to Winning Federal GrantsThe 'Race to Top' competition is spurring policymakers to change rules so that states meet the criteria for the stimulus money.IT Infrastructure States Struggle to Put Together Programs for Sharing K-20 DataMore states are taking strides to connect K-12 data systems with postsecondary institutions, but challenges remain.Education South Dakota Eyes Federal Money for School for Native AmericansUnder South Dakota's proposal, partners would establish a year-round residential school, for grades 9-12 and two years of postsecondary education.