As the deadlines to spend ARRA funds approach, some school districts still have big bills left in their wallets. In a recent Department of Education webinar, more than 48% of the participants said they are somewhat concerned about spending their money before the deadlines.
Titled, Strategic Use of Title I & IDEA: How To Maximize ARRA FY09 and FY10 Funds, that webinar, co-presented by ASBO members, covered ways school districts can maximize the impact of Title I and IDEA funding and minimize the post-ARRA "funding cliff."
Check out the ideas they came up with about how you can use ARRA funds to improve the achievement of students eligible to be served under Title I and IDEA funding.
Use of IDEA ARRA funds for students with disabilities:
- Virtual special education courses in Spanish
- Training for parents of students with disabilities
- School-to-work programs
- University partnerships
- Intensive language arts special education reading programs
- Extended-day programs necessary to implement IEPs
- Dropout prevention initiatives
- Staff for collaborative special team-teaching
Use of Title 1 ARRA Funds for at-risk students:
- Align with the school intervention models in the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
- Boost the funding provided to existing highest-need Title 1 schools (more staff and intense services through additional staffing and resources).
- Initiate a new program that has never been funded by state/local funds (extend part day kindergarten to full day for educational at risk students); use future Title I dollars to continue after ARRA.
- Expand programs to additional Title 1-eligible schools.
Watch for more upcoming DOE webinars.