More than $255M in stimulus funds pouring into state schools

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:04pm
Staff reports

A report on Tennessee’s use of federal stimulus funds to drive education reform says the state has garnered $255 million in additional revenue for schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Thursday.

The state, on its application, claimed recovery money had been used to fund more than 3,700 education jobs from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2009. 

“With this application, Tennessee provided us with basic information on what is working in their classrooms,” Duncan said. “This data is a critical tool in helping us work together — with students, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and elected officials at every level — to improve education for Tennessee’s students.”

Tennessee’s application showed how the state is laying the foundation for education reform, how teachers and principals are evaluated and the number of Title I schools and their performance status, among other criteria.

Duncan said the additional funds would come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which, to date, has moved $1.57 billion to various Tennessee programs. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: trtay2004 on 3/26/10 at 7:08

Why isn't this reported on the mainstream media? Thank you CP for providing actual news!

By: DDG on 3/26/10 at 7:42

Yes, more money, more money, more money. Sooner or later, we will run out of money to spend. Then what will we do? The government may actually have to BUDGET like that rest of us and by budget, I don't mean just a spending plan. Determine the most important issues, fund them and move on.

By: richgoose on 3/26/10 at 8:19

225 million dollars p---sed away!

By: AmyLiorate on 3/26/10 at 8:48

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money”
-- Tocqueville circa 1831

If you don't understand this observation then I'm not sure what I can say.
The sheeple are subject to having their votes bought by whoever promises them the most. They do not think enough about the detriment of the actions, although our politicians are supposed to have the capacity to understand this.

By: idgaf on 3/26/10 at 1:01

Thats 70,000 per job and next year we will have to come up with 255 million to keep them.

By: pswindle on 3/26/10 at 1:18

Can we not use some of this money to save the workers their job?

By: DDG on 3/26/10 at 3:24

Probably has some condition written in that it goes to create "new" jobs. You have to love the government; they take your money by force and then tell you how to spend it when they give a little back.