NASET News Alert

School Districts Slow to Tap Into Federal Stimulus Funds

July 20, 2010

Federal authorities are encouraging school districts to spend education stimulus money to save jobs and blunt the effects of statewide budget cuts, but districts have been slow to draw their share of the funds."We really hope that you'll do your best to see how these funds can help alleviate the layoffs and budget crises that your districts or states are facing," Maura Policelli, a senior adviser with the U.S. Department of Education, said in an online seminar, or webinar, last month. "That does require some courage, and it does involve the possible risk of investing in staff that you may not be able to retain in the 2011-12 school year," she said. Districts across the nation have been slow to tap stimulus money that is targeted for specific programs - particularly the money intended to bolster programs for students with disabilities or those who come from low-income households. To read more, click here

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