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November 29, 2011
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Impact of Congressional Reduction of Selected School Year 2011–2012
2) Education Jobs Fund Increase
As described in the November 1, 2011, letter to local educational agencies (LEAs) posted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Correspondence page, Congress passed a fiscal Continuing Resolution on September 30, 2011, for the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2012 appropriations. This federal bill included a small decrease (an estimated 1.5%) to the existing FFY 2011, which is school year (SY) 2011‑2012, allocations to states.
TEA staff has analyzed the information provided by the various program offices at the US Department of Education (USDE) to determine the impact of this reduction on currently awarded Notices of Grant Award (NOGAs) and NOGAs to be issued with the release of maximum and reallocation entitlements in December 2011and January 2011. Historically, TEA holds a portion of program funds in reserve when planning amounts are calculated each year to be able to cover the impact of new charter school enrollments without reducing awards to existing LEAs. In some instances, these reserves are able to cover most or all of the required program reductions.
The following table describes the impact to some of the applicable SY 2011–2012 entitlements of the estimated 1.5% Congressional reduction to the following federal program areas.
Process for Reducing Allocations
The required reductions are being calculated with the maximum entitlement or reallocation process for each applicable program area. The maximum and reallocation entitlements will be posted online at the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements page on the dates specified in the preceding table.
TEA staff in the Division of Grants Administration will process for the LEAs the maximum entitlement for NCLB program calculations, including any required reductions, and reallocation for Perkins programs during the months of December and January. It is vitally important that the LEA not begin or submit any amendment to the NCLB consolidated application or Perkins application in the eGrants system while these adjustments are being processed. Once the adjustment is completed for your LEA, you will receive a revised NOGA transmittal letter and NOGA by email. At that time, you may submit an amendment to the application if your LEA chooses to make changes to the budget.
LEAs will follow the standard process of amending their IDEA consolidated application to incorporate the maximum entitlement.
Education Jobs Fund Increase
The approximate $18,900,000 available for reallocation to Education Jobs Fund (Ed Jobs) grantees will be calculated within the next few weeks and will be posted online at the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements page on or before December 16, 2011.
No application is necessary to receive the additional Ed Jobs funds. Grantees will receive an amended NOGA via email that includes the reallocation funding, along with a revised NOGA transmittal letter. TEA will send a message via the Grants Administration and Federal Program Compliance (GAFPC) listserv to notify grantees that their amended 2010–2012 Ed Jobs NOGAs are being emailed.
For detailed information regarding Ed Jobs allowable activities, please check the frequently asked questions (FAQ) posted in the “Texas Guidance” section of the Education Jobs Fund – Guidance page.
If you have questions concerning the impact of this Congressional reduction in funding or the Ed Jobs reallocation, please email the Division of Grants Administration at GAFPC@tea.state.tx.us.
Cory Green, Chief Grants Administrator
Office for Grants and Fiscal Compliance
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