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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds Available in California

Posted on 04/27/2009

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The U.S. Department of Education announced on April 17 that California's application for State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) has been approved.  These funds, part of the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), include nearly $4 billion in funds that have been authorized to local education agencies (LEAs) as part of the first of two phases of SFSF funding.  The goal of this funding is to “lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts.”

California is the first state to win approval of SFSF funds.  An online application is now available and all LEAs should have received a joint letter from the governor and superintendent of public instruction containing instructions on how to apply for SFSF funds immediately. 

Although LEAs are not required to provide SFSF funds for adult education, The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act is one of the authorized areas that may receive funds. The Association for California School Administrators (ACSA) has posted a policy advisory on the topic of SFSF.

The deadline for LEAs to submit their applications is May 4, 2009.  The application and instructions are available on the CDE ARRA Web site.