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Formula Funding Available
May 6, 2011
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: 2010–2012 Education Jobs Fund Grant
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is pleased to announce the availability of funds under the Education Jobs (Ed Jobs) Fund for all local educational agencies (LEAs). The project period for the grant is August 10, 2010–September 30, 2012.
Federal Requirements for Use of Funds
Please refer to US Department of Education (USDE) Guidance on the Education Jobs Fund Program at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=2147500372&libID=2147500369. This federal guidance is also summarized below.
Federal Required Use of Funds: Pursuant to the authorizing statute, Public Law 111-226, LEAs must use the Ed Jobs Fund grant for compensation and benefits and other expenses, such as support services, necessary to retain existingschool-level employees, to recall or rehire former school-level employees, and to hire new school-level employees, in order to provide early childhood, elementary, or secondary educational and related services. Allowable expenditures include, among other things, salaries, performance bonuses, health insurance, retirement benefits, incentives for early retirement, pension fund contributions, tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment assistance, transportation subsidies, and reimbursement for child-care expenses. All expenditures must support school-level employees. No funds may be expended for central office employees or for district-wide employees.
Federal Permissible Use of Funds: LEAs may use the Ed Jobs Fund grant to pay the salaries of teachers and other employees who provide school-level educational and related services. In addition to teachers, school-level employees supported with program funds may include, but are not limited to, principals, assistant principals, academic coaches, in-service teacher trainers, classroom aides, counselors, librarians, secretaries, social workers, psychologists, interpreters, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, information technology personnel, nurses, athletic coaches, security officers, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.
For an individual with both LEA-level and school-level responsibilities, an LEA may use the Ed Jobs Fund grant to pay only that portion of the employee’s salary and benefits associated with the time spent on allowable (i.e., school-level) activities. The LEA must maintain documentation (i.e., time and effort records) substantiating that amount of time. Employees paid from Ed Jobs funds who work 100% of their time on school-level activities are not required to maintain time and effort records.
An LEA may use the Ed Jobs Fund grant to restore reductions in salaries and benefits and to implement salary increases for the 2010–2011 or 2011–2012 school years. In addition, an LEA may use the funds for any additional salary and benefits costs associated with the elimination of furlough days that had been scheduled for the 2010–2011 or 2011–2012 school years.
Federal Statutory Prohibitions on Use of Funds: (1) LEAs may not use the Ed Jobs Fund grant for general administrative expenses related to the operation of the superintendent's office or the LEA's board of education, including the salaries and benefits of LEA-level administrative employees. (2) Funds may not be used for payment of expenditures for fiscal services, LEA program planners and researchers, and human resource services. Funds may also not be used for construction, renovation, remodeling, or repairs.
In addition, the following federal restrictions on uses of funds apply:
Ed Jobs and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Federal Requirements
Ed Jobs, like ARRA, is accompanied by unprecedented levels of federal oversight and accountability. Please be reminded of the significant federal compliance obligations, additional federal reporting requirements, and potentially increased audit exposure related to these funds. As such, LEAs should retain accurate records related Ed Jobs funds.
Federal Requirement for ARRA Section 1512 Quarterly Reporting:
The following table summarizes the ARRA Section 1512 quarterly reporting dates that are applicable to the Ed Jobs Fund grant:
Expenditure Reporting Deadlines
Information and Assistance
For questions on ARRA Section 1512 Quarterly Reporting, contact the Fiscal Accountability and Federal Reporting Unit in the Office of the Chief Grants Administrator at (512) 936-3647, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance in expenditure reporting or for fiscal-related questions, contact the Division of Formula Funding at (512) 463-8525, or Formulafunds@tea.state.tx.us.
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