Federal Funds To Benefit Natomas-Area Schools

Recovery Act Funds Released Today Will Immediately Help Local Students, Teachers and Families

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-05) today announced Natomas-area school districts will immediately receive $62,994,945 from the economic recovery package for Title 1 and IDEA programs.

IDEA is the major federal program that provides funding for special education and related services to students with disabilities. The Title I program provides funds to low-income school districts that are in even greater need during the economic downturn.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Rep. Matsui supported, is a robust economic recovery package that puts real federal dollars into a wide variety of programs to help Sacramentans – and people across the country. The funding made available through the recovery package today will be distributed through the previously defined IDEA and Title I formulas through the Department of Education.

“The Recovery Act is hard at work in Sacramento,” stated Congresswoman Matsui. “It has allowed us to respond swiftly and effectively to Sacramento’s need for improved education and to enable our schools to better serve their students. The announcement of additional funding for our schools, specifically for disadvantaged schools, special education, and students with disabilities, is critical to supporting Sacramento teachers, students, and their families in these tough economic times.”

This is the first of two installments of direct funding for Title I and IDEA programs for school districts will receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the second installment of funds will be released to school districts in the fall of this year. In addition to the Title I and IDEA investments, the economic recovery plan has also created a state stabilization fund to help stabilize state and local budgets and restore harmful cuts to education.

A breakdown of education funds for Natomas-area school districts announced today is as follows:

Total for School Districts in California Congressional District 5 – $62,994,945

· Title 1 – $30,184,945
· IDEA – $32,810,000

Twin Rivers Unified School District* – $13,830,993

· Title 1 – $6,491,993
· IDEA – $7,339,000

*A combination of all the school districts that make up Twin Rivers

Natomas Unified School District – $1,061,847

· Title 1 – $263,847
· IDEA – $798,000

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