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Building Coherence Across ARRA Funds

As more information is released on the various funding opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states are seeking support and guidance from to help them best respond to those opportunities. At the same time, ED is providing outreach efforts and is looking for additional opportunities to support states' ARRA needs.

Three regional comprehensive assistance centers and two regional educational laboratories are cohosting a one-day event "Building Coherence Across ARRA Funds" for their states on November 19, 2009, in Rosemont, Illinois. The collaborating partners include the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center, Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center, and REL Midwest at Learning Point Associates, as well as the North Central Comprehensive Center and REL Central at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. These centers serve the states of; Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will be in attendance. The focus of the event is to review the status and details concerning ARRA grants such as Race to the Top, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Phase Two, Title I School Improvement Grants, and the Investing in Innovation Fund. The presenters will explain the details of current public notices and use of funds guidance. The participants will have a number of timely opportunities to:

  • Receive the latest information and guidance from ED
  • Discuss strategic planning recommendations for ARRA funds and reform priorities
  • Discuss issues relating to building coherence among all ARRA funding streams
  • Engage in a question-and-answer session to help communicate the need for planning across ARRA funds

Materials from this event will be available on the Great Lakes East/West website following the invitation only event.

Important Update: Summary of Race to the Top Draft Materials
The U.S. Department of Education released the draft Race to the Top materials for comment.  The Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Centers developed a short, 5-page summary of the materials. This summary is not intended to replace the official regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education and is only provided as a supplemental resource.

Summary Document:
Race to the Top: Summary of Draft Priorities, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Definitions

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Notice of Proposed Priorities Adobe PDF Icon
Press Release
Fact Sheet
Website

Waivers and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Adobe PDF Icon
A brief review of waivers and possible implications for ARRA funding prepared for state education agencies by Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Centers as part of an ongoing series of web conferences with Great Lakes States. Information in this document will be updated upon final approval of new waiver guidance documents

Draft Guidance on Title I Waivers Released for Comments
The U.S. Department of Education has released draft guidance on waivers for new ARRA funding under Title I, Part A. The comment period on the guidance and appendices ends July 13, 2009.
Press Release
Draft Guidance
Draft Appendices (including forms)

Illinois and Wisconsin Announce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funding
April 20, 2009
The Illinois Office of the Governor announced $1.4 billion in ARRA funding for Illinois schools. Read the press release.

April 23, 2009
The Governor of Wisconsin and the State Superintendent of Education announced $366 million in ARRA funding for Wisconsin schools. Read the press release.

The Education Stimulus: Too Big to Fail
Learning Point Associates and Mission Measurement interviewed more than 50 education leaders to determine how they are defining successful implementation of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funds. Download the report (pdf).

Webinar on ARRA Money:
"How to Allocate ARRA Money, Including Section 1003(g) Funds" 1–2 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Monday, May 11, 2009

The National Network for State School Improvement Leaders is hosting a webinar on how to allocate money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including Section 1003(g) funds. Featured presenters from the U.S. Department of Education are Thomas Corwin, Budget Office, and Susan Wilhelm, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please view the webinar information and registration.

New Website and Webinar Series Developed in Response to the Stimulus Package

Website. In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama, Learning Point Associates has developed the Education Recovery and Reinvestment Center website so that recovery funds will make a visible, long-lasting difference in teaching and learning. This comprehensive website offers tools and resources to help educators and policymakers track developments, find current information, and be aware of important and relevant events such as webcasts and audioconferences.

Webinar Series. Learning Point Associates will be hosting a series of free webcasts focused on stimulating change to create an education system that works for all learners. Watch for upcoming webcasts.

Previously in the Spotlight: Visit the Spotlight Archive