Connecticut State Department of Education. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Strategic Planning, Community Consensus Mark K. McQuillan Commissioner of Education May 26, 2009. Presentation Overview. A. Goals of Presentation
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA):
Strategic Planning, Community Consensus
Mark K. McQuillan
Commissioner of Education
May 26, 2009
A. Goals of Presentation
1. Overview of the FederalAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
2. Guidance Updates, Flexibility Provisions, and discussion
B. Review of Strategic Options for Fund Use 1.Assumptions
2. Review of Templates & Use of Funds Rubric
3. White Paper
C. Work Session on IDEA Template
D. Questions & Answers
The U. S. Government will invest over an additional
$100B in education spending over the next two years. Four
principles guide the distribution of funds:
In order to apply for ARRA funds, the Governor
must provide USDE with written assurances that CT
has addressed and will continue to improve upon:
Three primary sources of ARRA funds are available to states:
*Distributed at discretion of Secretary of Education
(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)Ages 3-21 (611) and Preschool (619)
Purpose and Use of Funds
1. 50% Maintenance Of Effort (MOE) Adjustment Strategy
2. Local and/or State Funds Exceed MOE Strategy
3. 15 % Coordinated Early Intervening Services Strategy
With certain exceptions, Part B funds must not be used by a district to reduce the level of expenditures for the education of children with disabilities made by the district from local funds below the level of those expenditures for the preceding year
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs
Building the Legacy : Retrieved March 23, 2009 from http://www.ed.gov/results.html?cx=017789009494528204701%3Auzmeqn9qqxo&cof=FORID%3A9&hq=-archived%3A&ie=UTF-8&q=Fiscal+Accountability#884
If an LEA maintains (or exceeds) its level of local, or state and local, expenditures for special education and related services from year to year (in this case 2008-09 to 2009-2010), either in total or per capita, then the IDEA (standard and/or ARRA) funds are, in fact, supplementing those local, or state and local, expenditures and the LEA has met its maintenance of effort (MOE) and supplement/not supplant requirements.
Office of Special Education Programs’ indicates that unless an LEA has been identified as “Meet Requirements” on its IDEA Determinations of the State Performance Plan, it is prohibited from reducing its MOE under IDEA section 613(a)(2)(C) for the fiscal year in which it did not achieve the “Meets Requirements” category.
Use of 50% of the difference between fiscal year allocations
[(B + C) – A] X 50% = $2.1 M Increase $2.1M
D – (B + C) = -$3.8M ($0) No increase over 2010
Local Operating Budget FY 2010
Total $9.0 M
ESEA - $2.1M
Meets 2010 MOE requirement of $9.0M
Local Operating Budget FY 2011
Meets 2011 MOE requirement of $6.9M
If you are going to offset your local budget by 50% of the increase and use the CEIS allowance, check the rules related to the use of CEIS funds.
If local/state special education costs in 2009-2010 exceed costs in 2008-2009, the Board can reduce its special education budget by that excess amount and use these local/state funds for non-special education personnel, services and activities without considering it supplanting.
Board’s expenditures from state/local funds in 2008-09 equal $1,000,000.
Board’s expenditures from state/local funds in 2009-2010 equal $1,200,000.
The Board can reduce its special education budget for 2009-2010 to $1,000,000 and meet the MOE requirement.
The Board can take the $200,000 difference and use it for non-special education expenditures.
Utilizing the $200,000 to support the local budget does not impact MOE as occurs in Strategy 1.
Districts may use up to 15% of IDEA Part B (also the ARRA) funds to develop and provide CEIS for students who are currently not identified as needing special education.
However, those districts that disproportionately, by race, identify, place and/or suspend/expel students, cannot choose to use this strategy as the State is required to direct these districts funds for specific use to address these issues.
Each district that implements CEIS must report to the CT State Department of Education on:
the number of children who received CEIS and
the number of those children who subsequently received special education and related services under Part B during the subsequent two-year period (i.e. the two years after receiving CEIS).
this is reported on the district’s IDEA grant application under Section 5
CEIS Memo-Questions 6, 34 CFR 300.226(d)
2008 OSEP Leadership Conference
Menlove Doutre & Brown-Clark Presentation
Under 34 CFR Section 300.205(d), the amount of funds expended by an LEA for CEIS (under Section 300.226) shall count towards the maximum amount of expenditures that the LEA may reduce its MOE.
Thus, if LEAs are utilizing the “50% offset rule” for MOE, they should be subtracting from the 50% increase to their IDEA entitlements the amount of CEIS funds they are planning to use in order to determine the amount the LEA can use for MOE purposes.
Part I of the Consolidated ESEA Application – a single, streamlined application for Title IA with separate budget forms for regular Title IA and Title IA ARRA funds;
Application is available on line;
Due June 16th;
Intent is to have all Title IA ARRA funds approved by the end of the year;
Regular Title IA funds will not be received from USDE until July 1, 2009.
RFP is currently posted online ;
Proposals from LEAs for the development and/or
continuation of programs that meet the needs of homeless
youth and meets the requirements of the Act;
Due date: June 22nd;
Funds will be distributed August 2009.
Review of Strategic Options for Fund Use
Work Session on IDEA Template
Questions & Answers