The 2009 economic stimulus package includes about $100 billion for retaining teachers and improving the nation’s overall education system. Now the Department of Education has released estimates of how big a piece of that stimulating education pie each state will get.
"The single best way to stimulate the economy -- short-term and long-term—is to keep teachers teaching and keep kids learning," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in an address announcing the state-by-state Title I education funding table. "States are hurting, and schools across America are facing catastrophic cuts. We need to invest this money quickly, thoughtfully and transparently to protect kids, create jobs and drive reforms."
As an example of how states might be using their economic stimulus money, Duncan cited plans for use of the combined $4.8 billion targeted for New York State. “There will be over $3 billion for state stabilization to help the state balance its budget. There is no better way to stimulate the economy in the short term and the long term than to keep teachers teaching and keep kids learning,” he said. New York will also use $1 billion in additional Title I funding to benefit low-income students, and $850 million in funding for students with disabilities.
The state-by-state funding table released by the Department of Education show additional Title I funding to be directed to the states through the economic stimulus package. Title I funds are to be used to “ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”