Some stimulus money released to Florida schools
The feds released two pots of education-related stimulus money to the states today, meaning more than $80 million will soon arrive in school districts around Tampa Bay.
The money is for the federal Title I (high poverty schools) and IDEA (students with disabilities) programs. It’s not the stabilization portion of the stimulus, which as we’ve reported many times is still technically in limbo.
According to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s office, this is the first of two equal installments for Title I and IDEA. The second half should be coming in the fall.
Hillsborough schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty said districts will have to apply to the state Department of Education before they can get the money. We were unable to immediately find out what deadlines may be involved. In the meantime, here are the estimated amounts that are coming, by district, according to U.S.DOE and the Congressional Research Service:
Hillsborough: $17.7 million for Title I, $22 million for IDEA. Pinellas: $10.4 million for Title I, $14.2 million for IDEA. Pasco: $5.5 million for Title I, $6.9 million for IDEA. Hernando: $1.3 million for Title I, $2.4 million for IDEA.