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June 04, 2009

South Carolina Cleared to Get Stimulus Aid

It’s official. South Carolina can now get a boatload of federal aid. The state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Republican Gov. Mark Sanford must apply for the money, some $700 million, largely designated for education under the economic-stimulus law.

June 02, 2009

Transparency Watch: Stimulus App Secrecy Bugs Advocacy Groups

Several education advocacy organizations are riled up—as they probably should be—about a gap in the "transparency" of stimulus funds that I pointed out weeks ago. The U.S. Department of Education is refusing to make available the applications states submit for the state stabilization fund part o...

June 01, 2009

Stimulus Musings: Stabilization Fund, Reading First, and More

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 Ca...

May 27, 2009

Why States Aren't Rushing to the Stimulus Stabilization Fund

The U.S. Department of Education has been quietly, and now more openly, grousing about how slow states have been in applying for state stabilization funds under the economic stimulus package. Other folks are taking note and also questioning states' slow progress. The deadline for applying for stab...

May 21, 2009

Stimulus Funds Can't Rescue California Now

Now that voters have rejected several budget fixes, the $4 billion in state fiscal stabilization fund money headed to California is barely going to make a dent in the state's deficit.

May 21, 2009

Today's Hot Ticket: Our Stimulus Webinar

Have a burning question about the stimulus? You're in luck — Michele and I will be doing a webinar today at 1 p.m. We'll do an overview on the different parts of the law, the guidance that's yet to come, and take your questions. You can watch it all right here on And it's free (althoug...

May 18, 2009

Ed. Dept. to States: Stimulus Money Available! Act Now!

Of the 52 applications for the first round of state-stabilization money that need to be submitted, no fewer than 29 have yet to come in.

May 12, 2009

New Construction: Allowable under the Stimulus, but not Encouraged

The U.S. Department of Education is changing its tune on whether state stabilization fund money can—and should—be used to pay for new school construction.

May 12, 2009

First Inspector General Stimulus Audits Coming to a State Near You

The U.S. Department of Education has identified four states that can expect stimulus-related audits by its Office of Inspector General: California, Illinois, New York, and Texas.

May 11, 2009

Arne Duncan Focuses on the Lowest Performing Schools

The education secretary seems intent on seeing 5,000 of the nation's worst schools closed and reopened within five years.

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