Superintendent's Memo #089-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 3, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Intent-to-Apply for Title I, Part A, Funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides additional funding for programs under Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The preliminary estimate of the total funds available under Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 09 ARRA Title I, Part A, for Virginia is $165,311,666. The preliminary estimated ARRA Title I, Part A, funds by school division is available through the United States Department of Education’s (USED) website at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/factsheet/title-i.html. It is important to note that the actual amounts received by school divisions will be smaller than shown due to required state-level adjustments to the allocation.

Procedure to Award ARRA Funds to School Divisions
USED plans to award 50 percent of the ARRA Title I, Part A, funds to states by the end of March 2009. The Virginia Department of Education (Department) will release these funds to school divisions as quickly as possible after receipt from USED. The remaining 50 percent of the funds will be awarded to states by September 30, 2009. The ARRA Title I, Part A, funds are anticipated to be a one-time, additional funding stream to stimulate the economy and invest in education. The FFY 09 ARRA Title I, Part A, funds will be awarded to school divisions in addition to the regular FFY 09 Title I, Part A, funds. For FFY09, school divisions will receive the following funds under Title I, Part A:

The procedure by which school divisions can receive their initial portion of ARRA, Title I, Part A, funds has been streamlined to allow the funds to be awarded quickly in accordance with the principles of ARRA. Divisions accepting the funds must complete the attached intent-to-apply form and return it by April 20, 2009, by e-mail to: Title1Intent@doe.virginia.gov or by fax to: (804) 371-7347.

The intent-to-apply form will allow divisions to obligate the ARRA Title I, Part A, funds as of February 17, 2009. The detailed information regarding how the ARRA funds and the regular Title I, Part A, funds will be used to meet the intent of the law will be requested through the FFY09 application for Title I, Part A, funds due on July 1, 2009. It is important to note that allowable uses of the ARRA Title I, Part A, funds are the same as the regular Title I, Part A, program. Absent a waiver for the ARRA portion of the funds, 85 percent of these two funding streams must be obligated by September 30, 2010, and the remaining funds must be obligated by September 30, 2011.

Allowable Uses of Funds
The USED guidance notes the congressional intent that some of the Title I, Part A, funds be used for early childhood education programs and indicates that additional guidance will be provided on these opportunities. The guidance also encourages school divisions to focus use of funds on short-term investments with the potential for long-term benefit rather than making unsustainable, ongoing commitments.

Examples of allowable uses of AARA Title I funds include:

Potential Waivers
USED guidance notes that the U.S. Secretary of Education will consider requests for waivers relating to the use of ARRA Title I, Part A, funds concerning set-asides in Title I for:

  1. the per-pupil amount (PPA) for supplemental educational services;
  2. the limit on how often a state may grant a waiver of the carryover limit; and
  3. the maintenance of effort requirements.

Virginia will make every effort to seek waivers that benefit school divisions in using these funds in an effective and expedient manner.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Philip Iovino, Title I specialist at Philip.Iovino@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 371-2934; or Veronica Tate, Title I specialist at Veronica.Tate@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2904.

PIW / rs

Attachment

a. Intent-to-Apply for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Title I, Part A, Funds (Word)