Stimulus Money Flows to Pennsylvania Schools

By Timothy E. Gilsbach

Included within the federal funding provided for in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is money for public education.  It is estimated that Pennsylvania will get $2.6 billion of funding for education to be spend on IDEA programs, Title I and Title II programs and on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund from now until September of 2011.

While the ARRA imposes limits on how the money will be spent, the legislature is responsible for allocating the funds and may do so as it deems fit, subject to the limitations included by the federal government.  It appears that at least several proposals are in the works on that front. 

In addition, Districts who receive the funds should be aware that there are various limits on how the funds can be spent.  Finally, it is important to note that charter schools, in addition to school district, will qualify for some of the funding. 

Additional updates will be posted as the process of allocating the funds moves forward.    

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