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    “Protecting the Commonwealth’s future”

    Kentucky has used ARRA funds to help prevent tax increases and avoid significant cuts to elementary, secondary, and higher education. Additionally, millions of dollars are available to advance Kentucky education programs; protecting the Commonwealth’s future by providing quality public education for our children.

School Lunch Equipment Assistance

The National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance provides funds for equipment assistance to School Food Authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program. Funds are awarded to eligible districts on a competitive basis with priority given to districts with schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. Equipment Assistance funds are used to purchase equipment to increase participation in the National School Lunch program and to address the school district's equipment needs. This is the first funding this program has received in many years.

Amount of Award: $1,769,888.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Education Technology State Grants

Title II, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to states and local education agencies to support improved student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. Educational Technology funds are used to support high-quality professional development; increase access to technology and the Internet; integrate technology into curricula; promote parental involvement; and manage data for informed decision-making. Priority for funding is given for schools with low income/high need students: 50% of the funds are distributed to each school district based on a formula that incorporates the district’s share of funds under Title I, Part A. The other 50% of Educational Technology funds are awarded to high-need districts on a competitive basis. 

Amount of Award: $9,904,203.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Education for the Homeless

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, state educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Education for Homeless Children and Youth funds are used to ensure that homelessness does not cause children to be left behind in school.

Amount of Award: $1,319,915.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Part B Preschool

Part B, Section 619 of  the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Preschool) provides funding to state and local education agencies for services to eligible children with disabilities ages three through five years old who are enrolled in special education programs. 

Amount of Award: $10,596,756.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Part C Infants and Toddlers

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides funds to each state lead agency to implement statewide systems of coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary interagency programs and make early intervention services available to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  Kentucky’s “First Steps” program is the early intervention program for infants and toddlers up to age 3 who have been identified with a developmental delay.  Recovery Act funds are designated to existing lead agencies and will be used to add additional staff at First Steps’ regional offices and the majority of the funds will be used to provide additional assessment tools and specialized, direct services to children and their families to lessen the effect of developmental delays. 

Amount of Award: $5,455,604.00

State Administering Agency: Cabinet for Health and Family Services– Department of Public Health

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Part B Grants to States

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – Grants to States Program (IDEA-B) provides funding to states and local education agencies to supplement and/or increase the level of special education and related services provided to eligible students with disabilities ages 3 through 21 who are enrolled in special education programs. IDEA-B funds are used to ensure children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child's unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living.

Amount of Award: $157,569,975.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Title I, Part A - Grants to Local Educational Agencies

Title I, Part A is one of the many federal programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Title I, Part A provides additional assistance to school districts and schools that have high concentrations of students from families that live in poverty to close the achievement gap and help improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet state standards.  A school district is awarded Title I, Part A ARRA funds if it is eligible for Targeted Grants and Education Finance Incentive Grants.  Districts then allocate funds to eligible Title I schools based on their percent of low-income children. 

Amount of Award: $155,347,894.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Title I – School Improvement Grants

Title I School Improvement Grants are authorized by Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), hence are sometimes referred to as “Section G” funds. Only districts with Title I schools that have been identified for corrective action and/or restructuring based on No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress status can apply for these funds. 

Amount of Award: $47,291,615.00

State Administering Agency: Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education

Stabilization Funds for Education

81.8% of funds to provide fiscal relief to the States to prevent tax increases and avert cutbacks in elementary, secondary, and higher education.  The Governor shall first use the funds to provide to elementary, secondary, and public higher education institutions, to restore, in fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011, the level of state support to the greater of fiscal year 2008 or 2009.  The funds for elementary and secondary education shall be provided through the State’s primary elementary and secondary funding formulae.  The elementary and secondary funds may be used by local educational agencies for any activity authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Adult and Family Literacy Act, or the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  The public institutions of higher education shall use the funds for education and general expenditures, and in such a way as to mitigate the need to raise tuition and fees for in-State students.  The maintenance of effort requirements are: the Commonwealth must maintain state support for elementary, secondary, and public institutions of higher education in each of fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011 at least at the level of such support in fiscal year 2006. 

Amount of Award: $532,797,583.00

State Administering Agency: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet- Department of Education

Federally Awarding Agency: Department of Education