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Stimulus Musings: Stabilization Fund, Reading First, and More

Schools and the Stimulus

All is not well in Stimulus Land:

California made a $2.3 billion accounting error, relating to K-12 education spending, on its state stabilization fund application, ProPublica keenly notes. (Although this may be one of those bank errors in your favor, because this error looks like it will help California with its maintenance of effort requirements.)

And speaking of the stabilization fund, Pennsylvania's situation illustrates why some states haven't turned in their applications yet. Seems like the U.S. Department of Education is starting to think about a contingency plan in case all states can't—or don't—make the July 1 deadline.

Local school districts, for better or for worse, are apparently applying the lessons of Reading First to the stimulus, writes Mike Petrilli.

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