In February 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The act provides one-time federal funding to make strategic investments in our schools that will help build capacity for improving teaching and learning. In addition, in August 2010 the President signed into law the Education Jobs Funding Program (EduJobs) that provides funding to save or create education jobs.
ARRA funds are one-time money and the district is being strategic in using these funds for one-time costs to avoid on-going expenditures after the money is gone.
Most of these funds are restricted to IDEA (Special Education), Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Students), Education Jobs funding, and Teacher Incentive Fund (performance-based compensation system) related expenditures, so although a $59 million infusion is expected, the funds cannot be used to cover basic gaps in operating expenditures or compensation.
As legislated, Jeffco Public Schools will use these funds to save jobs, improve student achievement, improve teacher effectiveness, to provide intensive support and interventions to our lowest performing schools, and plan and implement a performance-based compensation system. In addition, the district will have the opportunity to apply for other relatively small dollar ARRA competitive grants that will be used for specific purposes in accordance to the guidelines of the grants.
For more information, please watch A Guide to Understanding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
There are four criteria that guide the use of the funds:
- Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs
- Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform
- Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability
- Invest one-time recovery funds thoughtfully to minimize any "funding cliff."
ARRA Grants Budget and Spending Summary
To ensure transparency and accountability, Jeffco Public Schools is providing to the public information on where the ARRA Grant money is being used. The Grants Budget Summary details how much money each program is receiving, what initiatives the funds are being used for, and how many jobs will be saved as a result of these funds.
Quarterly Expenditure Reports
In addition to the Budget Summary above, reports on the actual spending are posted on a quarterly basis. Download links to the "inception-to-date" expenditure reports and associated graph are below:
Compliance and Assurance Manager