Michigan Awarded with $429 Million in Education Funding
Funds Made Available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
WASHINGTON - Michigan schools will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in new recovery stabilization funds, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both D-Mich., announced today. The $429,781,767 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to continue supporting educational programs across the state.
"This funding is vital to our state's education system during these difficult economic times," said Stabenow. "By keeping our teachers and school staff at work and our schools open, we can help ensure that Michigan children continue to receive an education."
"Recovery act funds have been critical in keeping our schools open and making sure children across the state have teachers in their classrooms," Levin said. "This funding is absolutely critical to ensure that students in our schools are protected from the worst impacts of the recession, and it protects and creates jobs across the state."
The state of Michigan has used past stabilization funds to create or save 9,300 education jobs while supporting other educational reform programs.
To qualify for this funding, the state had to provide data on education reform to the Department of Education, including on how educators are evaluated, to what extent the state tracks student performance and growth, and the extent to which underperforming schools are improving. The complete application, requirements, and summary of the requirements can be found here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/applicant.html .