California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and California Recovery Task Force Director Richard Rice today issued the following statements urging the California Department of Education to allow the distribution of $416 million in Recovery Act funding this fiscal year under the School Improvement Grant to turnaround California’s persistently lowest-achieving schools:
“The California Department of Education must take appropriate action today to ensure that the $416 million dollars awarded by the Federal Government to help improve our persistently lowest-achieving schools can be distributed to school districts in time for the start of the school year,” said Secretary of Education Reiss. “Inaction by the Department will result in unacceptable delays in getting this much needed funding to the districts and schools committed to improving the quality of education for their students.”
“The California Recovery Task Force has fought for every dollar of stimulus money possible to help improve California’s public education system and give our students the best opportunity at success,” said California Recovery Task Force Director Rice. “The California Department of Education must act immediately to ensure our schools receive the federal funding they deserve and desperately need.”
Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site (www.recovery.ca.gov) that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.