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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: Implications for Lincoln Public Schools

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May 26, 2009
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May 12, 2009
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April 28, 2009
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April 14, 2009
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March 10, 2009
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February 27, 2009
Preliminary Information for School Districts
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The new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," was signed into law on February 17. This legislation could have vast implications for American education, and provide much needed funds to support and enhance services to Lincoln Public Schools students.

Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities. According to the National School Boards Association: "The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act features provisions for key investments in education that will help school districts avoid cuts in services; retain teachers and personnel; address school repairs and modernization; and, make further progress in data systems, teacher quality, and assessments for English language learners and students with disabilities."

LPS officials are now analyzing and accessing funds from the ARRA.

Based on preliminary information, here's what our School District knows so far:

  • Most of the education funding from this Act will most likely target specific populations of students and/or infrastructure needs.
  • Based on what we know today, the largest amount of money LPS will receive will fund two specific areas: Special Education and Title I. Preliminary estimates indicate Lincoln Public Schools could receive an additional $8.8 million in services for special education, and an additional $6.1 million in services for Title I (services for poor students).

Based on that same preliminary information, here's what we do NOT yet know:

  • Stimulus money is also available - but we are uncertain how much, if any, will come to our state and our School District - for education technology, transportation, early childhood programs, data systems, services for infants with disabilities, homeless students, and more. The Act also includes provisions that allow some funding for school repairs, renovation and modernization - again, we do not know if we will receive any of these funds based on the guidelines and requirements for their use.
  • At this point we are also unsure how, or if, this will impact money from our state aid and ultimately, our General Fund. In the coming weeks Gov. Heineman and the Unicameral will discuss and decide how much and to whom Nebraska's share of the State Stabilization Fund from the ARRA will be distributed.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.

"This Act represents a tremendous commitment to ensuring high-quality educational services for all of America's public school children," Gourley said.


May 26 Board Update

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009:
Implications for Lincoln Public Schools
May 25, 2009

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, May 25, heard the latest update on the status of how the new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," will impact Lincoln Public Schools.

Marilyn Moore, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, and Deila Steiner, director of Federal Programs at LPS, presented the Board with a proposal for how LPS will make the best use of stimulus funding directed to Title 1 programs. This plan must be approved by the School Board.

The School District will receive an estimated $6.2 million in stimulus money that must be targeted for Title 1 funds (students from lower income families) - and expended by September 2011.

"The overall goal of Title 1 funding is to improve the achievement of children from lower income families," Moore explained.  "Most of our proposals for the ARRA funds at LPS are directed at increasing the school district's capacity to work with children from lower-income families.  The emphasis is on professional development."

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17.
Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.


May 12 Board Update

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009:
Implications for Lincoln Public Schools
May 12, 2009

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, May 12, heard the latest update on the status of how the new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," will impact Lincoln Public Schools.

Marilyn Moore, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, and Mike Bossard, director of Special Education Services at LPS, presented the Board with a proposal for how LPS will make the best use of stimulus funding directed to Special Education.

The School District will receive an estimated $8.7 million in stimulus money that must be targeted for IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) - Special Education services - by September 2011.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17.
Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.

 


April 28 Board Update

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009:
Implications for Lincoln Public Schools
April 28, 2009

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, April 28, heard the latest update on the status of how the new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," will impact Lincoln Public Schools.

Mark Shepard, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS, updated the Board, pointing out the government has provided more specific guidance in how stimulus funds should be spent.

  • IDEA Funds (for Special Education): Suggestions for these funds include: state-of-the-art assistive technology devices/training; district-wide staff development for teachers; developing and expanding the capacity to collect and use data to improve outcomes for students with disabilities; expand the availability and range of inclusive placement options for pre-school age children with disabilities; and hiring transition coordinators to work with employers in the community.
  • Title I Funds (for poor children): Suggestions for those funds include: training teachers as instructional leaders; training teachers to use a new reading curriculum; strengthening and expanding early childhood education; providing new opportunities for Title I school-wide programs for secondary students; using data systems to drive improvements in student achievement in Title-I eligible students; using reading and mathematics coaches; and establishing or expanding extended-learning opportunities.

Shepard explained that LB545 - now under consideration by the full Legislature - proposes utilizing all of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funding as part of the state aid formula. LPS continues to analyze the bill and its implications.

Shepard also pointed out that all Stimulus funds must be spent by Sept. 30, 2011.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17.

Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.

 


April 14 Board Update

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009:
Implications for Lincoln Public Schools
April 14, 2009

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, April 14, heard the latest update on the status of how the new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," will impact Lincoln Public Schools.

Mark Shepard, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS, updated the Board about the timing of several portions of the stimulus package likely to impact our School District.

  • IDEA Funds (for Special Education): The U.S. Department of Education released half of these funds on April 1, and the Nebraska Department of Education will make the funds available to school districts as of May 1. The remaining funds will be released by Sept. 30. LPS is currently developing plans for using this money.
  • Title I Funds (for poor children): Half of these funds should be available "very soon," and the remaining funds will be distributed in October.
  • State Fiscal Stabilization Funding: An estimated $234 million is available to Nebraska, and the State Legislature is now discussing how this money will be distributed and incorporated into state aid. LPS is currently analyzing the state legislation and its implications.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17. Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.

 


March 10 Board Update

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009:
Implications for Lincoln Public Schools
March 10, 2009

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, March 10, heard the latest update on the status of how the new federal stimulus package, the "American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009," will impact Lincoln Public Schools.

Mark Shepard, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS, told the Board that a good portion of the stimulus package - $44 billion - would be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days.  "However, we still do not have the details on how that money will flow to Lincoln Public Schools."

Shepard said:

  • By the end of March, governors will be able to apply for 67 percent of the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF), as well as discretionary SFSF, totaling $32.5 billion. However, officials will not know what that means for LPS until Gov. Heineman and the Unicameral discuss and decide how that money will be distributed.
  • Nationally, an additional $35 billion in funding for education- Special Education, Title I and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds - will be distributed July 1-Sept. 30.
  • School districts need to remember these funds are not sustainable, but are intended as one-time, short-term expenditures.

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17. Nationally the economic stimulus will provide $77 billion to states and school districts for education-related priorities.

Lincoln Superintendent of Schools Susan Gourley has pledged to keep the Board of Education, LPS staff and the community appraised and updated as more information becomes available.


Published: February 27, 2009, Updated: May 27, 2009