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Feds: Stimulus saved/created 19,000 education jobs in Florida



19,525.2, to be exact, according to this new report from the U.S. Department of Education. Go to page 36 to see a breakdown by category.

UPDATE: The report doesn't offer specifics for most districts, including Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando. But on page 45, it does include this summary of stimulus spending in Hillsborough (which it looks like it obtained from the Council of the Great City Schools):

• ARRA money will be used to create new instructional and support positions throughout the district, but ARRA will also prevent the School District of Hillsborough County (SDHC) from having to layoff significant numbers of staff. Over all, the district will be creating or maintaining approximately 1,500 jobs due to ARRA.

• ARRA will enhance current incentive programs by providing teacher salary performance incentives in these high-need Title I schools, and providing salary differential incentives to media specialists and school-based administrators when student performance goals are met. Stipends will also be provided to other certified personnel for attending trainings necessary to achieve or maintain highly qualified status.

• ARRA Title I funding will also be used to pay for supplemental instructional support, including maintaining 30 Reading coaches at high need Title I schools. The district will also use ARRA to provide ten Math and ten Science middle school teachers, ten Language Arts elementary school teachers, 20 elementary and middle school Title I teachers, and 50 highly qualified paraprofessionals to provide tutoring in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs for students who are taking advanced classes in all district middle and senior high schools.

• SDHC also plans to use Title I to fund teacher training and professional development, support college and career preparation programs, and help Hillsborough County develop more user-friendly parent and student communication materials highlighting the district’s technical and career placement opportunities.

• The district’s plan for ARRA funds includes improving access to user-friendly formative assessment systems.

• ARRA will allow SDHC to create 140 new positions for temporary teachers that will provide additional tutorial services to students at Title I elementary and middle schools with extended-time programs, as well as provide necessary classroom supplies for the new opportunities.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]


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