Leahy, Sanders, Welch Commend Administration's Prompt Handling Of $19 Million In Emergency Education Aid To Vermont

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Sept. 14) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday night announced that Vermont is set to receive $19 million in emergency education funds that were passed by Congress in August.  The new law is intended to save tens of thousands of teaching jobs in America’s classrooms and to boost Medicaid payments to states. The measure, supported by Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Congressman Peter Welch (D), also set aside about $37 million for state-run Medicaid health programs in Vermont.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch hailed the expedited handling of the emergency school aid:

“This is a timely influx of education dollars for Vermont.  Enacting this emergency relief for schools and health care has been one of Vermont’s top priorities, and we are pleased that Secretary Duncan and the Obama administration are acting promptly to transfer these funds to Vermont and the other states that have urgently awaited this help.”

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Vermont will receive $19 million to support education jobs.

"There is a huge sense of urgency to get these funds out the door," said Duncan. "These education dollars will help Vermont keep thousands of teachers in the classroom working with our students this school year."

The $10 billion education fund will support education jobs in the 2010-11 school year and be distributed to states by a formula based on population figures. States can distribute their funding to school districts based on their own primary funding formula or districts’ relative share of federal Title I funds.

Over the last two years, the Department has been able to support 300,000 education jobs through stimulus funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At this time, seven states have drawn down 100 percent of previously allocated jobs funding, while 18 states total have drawn down 80 percent or more.  A July report from the independent Center on Education Policy found that 75 percent of school districts that received stimulus funds expect to cut teaching positions in the upcoming school year.


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