Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why What the State is Doing Isn't Just Unethical, It's Illegal, Too

From the Tacoma News-Tribune comes the discussion about whether the state really can take the Education Jobs Fund money and use it to plug the budget hole.

I say no. Not just because of the well-known intent of the Jobs Bill law, but because the stimulus funds act (which is still in effect, as far as I know) makes it clear:
Under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (Stabilization) program, a State must maintain State support for elementary and secondary education, in each of fiscal years (FYs) 2009, 2010, 2011, at least at the level that the State provided in FY 2006.
What the state is doing is a shell game where the general apportionment to the schools will be lowered by an amount equal to the jobs bill funding, but that clearly is also a lowering of state support.


Blogger Dr Pezz said...

I was a part of the conference call this summer between state leaders and Sec. of Ed. Duncan, and he specifically stated that the Ed. Jobs Bill money was to be used for education. Half could go the state for management of the other half of the allotment,, but that was it.

This can't be legal.

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