As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, Tennessee is set to receive education aid funding, including dollars directed to areas like Title I, Individuals with Disabilities and proven education reform initiatives. Final dollar allocations will begin to be provided in March 2009.
On March 7, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that $44 billion in Recovery Act funding will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days to help drive crucial education improvements and results for students.
For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's Recovery Act web page at http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html.
For all Scope of Work questions, please contact Cindy Benefield, Executive Director of Field Service Centers, at Cindy.Benefield@tn.gov.
Below are the TNDOE proposed ARRA waivers for Title I, Part A Requirements. All public comments are due to the state by August 5th.
Weekly reports from the Department of Education are posted each Monday detailing recovery activities for the latest reporting period. These reports detail information on the status of Recovery Act funds and implementation of the Recovery Act in Tennessee schools. Those reports can be found by visiting the Tennessee Recovery site and clicking on Education.
TN ARRA Overview- The Tennessee Department of Education has developed this presentation to better demonstrate sources and uses of education funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
TN ARRA IDEA Overview- The Tennessee Department of Education's Division of Special Education has developed this presentation to better demonstrate sources and uses of education funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act related specifically to services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
TN ARRA Title I Overview- The Tennessee Department of Education has developed this presentation to better demonstrate sources and uses of education funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act related specifically to services under Title I for improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.
FAQs for Tennessee - A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been compiled using information from local school leaders and Tennessee Department of Education officials. This document provides general details and specific information regarding Title I and IDEA funding.
ARRA 2009 IDEA Awards- The Tennessee Department of Education has released funding under the ARRA for Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA). These allocations represent approximately half of the IDEA funding that will be available to school districts and demonstrate significant funding for programs that help ensure children with disabilities, including ages 3-5, are provided services that meet their needs.
ARRA Title I Awards - The Tennessee Department of Education has released ARRA Title I funding. These allocations represent the total amount of Title I funding that will be available to school districts. These dollars demonstrates significant funding for programs that help students most at risk, and schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live in poverty in order to help improve teaching and learning.
ARRA Title II-D Ed Tech Awards - The Tennessee Department of Education has released ARRA Title II-D Education Technology funding. These allocations represent funding that will be available for all districts to effectively integrate technology into the classroom and increase student achievement, as well as assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring their technological literacy by the time they complete the eighth grade.
ARRA Title X McKinney-Vento Act Awards- The Tennessee Department of Education has released ARRA Title X McKinney-Vento Act funding for homeless students. These allocations represent funding for districts to meet the special needs of students who are homeless. These recovery act funds can be used for multiple purposes including coordinating social services, purchasing school supplies, paying for the cost of travel and providing supplemental instructional services.
ARRA Fiscal Reporting RequirementsThe Tennessee Department of Education has released guidance to school district personnel on the fiscal reporting requirements of the ARRA.
For more information on local reporting requirements, also visit the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's Division of County Audit here.
Child Care Development Fund - The Tennessee Department of Human Services has received funding for the Child Care Development Fund through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These federal dollars will be used for a child care scholarship program for low-income working families who are not eligible for existing child care assistance categories, such as Families First (Tennessee’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF program). All state-licensed child care agencies(centers, group and family homes) are being invited to participate in this program, including those licensed through the Tennessee Deparment of Education. For more information, please visit the Department of Human Services Recovery site at http://www.tn.gov/humanserv/recovery/CC_arra.html.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a one-time appropriation to Tennessee of $2,275,738 for grants to school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for equipment assistance.
To be selected for this grant, your school food authority must:
Information for school systems wishing to apply and the grant application are posted below. If you have any questions, please contact Darryl Robinson or Sarah White at 1-800-354-3663. Or, you may email your questions to Darryl.Robinson@tn.gov or Sarah.C.White@tn.gov .