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​​Illinois education Pre-K ​- 12​

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  • ARRA Fraud Reporting Information
  • Education Jobs Fund

The federal stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), will provide up to $3 billion in education funding for Illinois. 

Known funding levels from ARRA are as follows for Illinois.

Source Revenue Code CFDA ARRA Funds June 30, 2013 Disbursed Percent Complete
Title I Low Income (Part A) 4851 84.389 $420,263,561 $419,895,224 99.9%
Title I School Improvement (1003g) 4855 84.388 $124,023,185 $76,975,263 62.1%
IDEA Part B Flow Through 4857 84.391 $506,479,753 $502,811,021 99.3%
IDEA Part B Preschool 4856 84.392 $18,311,491 $17,949,145 98%
McKinney-Vento Homeless Grants 4862 84.387 $2,581,569 $2,581,569 100%
Title II, D—Enhancing Education Through Technology 4861 84.386 $26,497,894 $26,465,535 99.9%
NSLP School Lunch Equipment 4863 10.579 $3,657,300 $3,653,961 99.9%
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund—Education 4850 84.394 $1,681,130,685 $1,681,129,800 99.9%
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund—Other Gov't Services 4870—General State Aid
4875—Early Childhood
84.397 $374,041,302 $374,041,302 100%
Education Jobs 4880 84.410 $421,533,983 $421,522,260 99.8%
Longitudinal Data 4885 84.384 $11,869,819 $7,176,684 60.5%
Total $3,590,390,542 $3,534,201,764 98.4%

The intended purpose of all of the ARRA funds is to save and create jobs, as well as improve education through four key education reform areas:

  • Making progress toward rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high quality assessments that are valid and reliable for all students, including English Language learners and students with disabilities;
  • Establishing Pre-K to college and career data systems that track progress and foster continuous improvement;
  • Making improvements in teacher effectiveness and in the equitable distribution of qualified teachers for all students, particularly students who are most in need; and
  • Providing intensive support and effective interventions for the lowest-performing schools.

Within that $3 billion, Illinois is also eligible to receiving more than $2 billion from another portion of ARRA, called the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), which is intended to prevent reductions in critical education funds for elementary and secondary education as well as public institutions of higher education.  These funds will flow through the state’s primary funding formulae, General State Aid.  No funds are now targeted for school modernization or repairs from SFSF.

These funds must be spent expeditiously but sensibly.  Planning for their use in 2009-10, and 2010-2011 is critical.  We anticipate that the majority of the funds will be budgeted and used in 2009-10, with a small portion to be obligated in 2010-2011.  A single allocation will be available for the formula funds (such as IDEA Preschool) and must be obligated by September 30, 2011. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 ARRA Fraud Reporting Information

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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) has requested the following information be distributed to all local education agencies, employees and contractors in relation to reporting fraud, waste, and abuse of funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

ARRA funds have provided an unprecedented opportunity to save jobs and advance reforms that improve student achievement. With this opportunity comes increased responsibility for all of us to conduct ourselves ethically and to mitigate the risk of waste, fraud, and abuse. 

The Department, including the Office of Inspector General (OIG), works to ensure that education dollars reach intended recipients and serve intended purposes. ISBE will also work with the Department to ensure that these funds and programs funded by the Department are protected from fraud, waste, and abuse. As part of this important effort, the Department is providing several resources that describe fraud laws and how to report fraud at http://www.ed.gov/fraudprevention

The OIG identifies and investigates individuals and groups who may have committed fraud with education funds or with respect to Department-funded programs. Each week, criminals are prosecuted and convicted, and receive sentences that include significant prison terms and monetary penalties. Cases have included school or college officials making false statements regarding grant eligibility and performance; creating false documents to obtain grants for students who do not attend the school or are enrolled in ineligible programs; setting up shell companies to which education dollars are funneled; embezzling money from school accounts; using school accounts and credit cards to make purchases for personal purposes; and accepting bribes and kickbacks from contractors. 

Please help us put a stop to these crimes. In addition to reading and distributing this information, report any suspicion of fraud, waste, or abuse to the OIG Special Agent in Charge in your geographic area. Contact information is available at the following web site: http://www2.ed.gov 

You also may contact the OIG by e-mailing oig.hotline@ed.gov; calling 1-800-MISUSED (1-800-647-8733); or writing to: Inspector General’s Hotline, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1500.​​

 Webinar

FY11 Education Jobs Fund Program - Webinar (September 9, 2010)

Agency staff from the Illinois State Board of Education provide an overview of the Education Jobs Fund program which was recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. Topics covered include how districts will be able to access funding, reporting requirements and spending options. A question and answer session is part of the program.

FY 2011 NCLB Consolidated and ARRA Applications and Updates - Webinar (June 17, 2010)

This webinar focuses on the application process, specifics of completing each page of the application, fiscal guidance and program assistance. Staff from the Divisions of Innovation and Improvement and Funding and Disbursements lead the discussions.

ARRA Jobs and Vendor Reporting System - Webinar (March 12, 2010)

Provides procedures for reporting ARRA jobs and vendor data in ISBE’s new collection system in IWAS. Revised jobs guidance issued in December 2009 by the Federal Office of Management and Budget is explained along with instructions on how to enter new or amended jobs data as appropriate. Question and Answer Session.

ARRA Title I Waivers - Webinar (December 17, 2009)

Provides information on the application process for Title I, Part A waivers. The waivers included in the ARRA-NCLB Consolidated Application deal with aspects of ARRA funding, such as waivers to permit an LEA to exclude ARRA funds when making certain fiscal and “set-aside” calculations and waivers of two Title I regulatory provisions related to the implementation of public school choice and supplemental educational services (SES). The carry-over wavier is not being processed through the application but is also be discussed.

Construction with ARRA/IDEA funds - Webinar (November 20, 2009)

This webinar discussed various aspects of ARRA/IDEA funds as they relate to the new construction request form. There was also a live Q&A session to try and address any issues or questions that might relate to the discussion.

ARRA Reporting - Webinar (September 25, 2009)

Covers the reporting requirements for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The webinar walks you through the modified electronic expenditure reporting application in IWAS and covers important ARRA data variables such as reporting timelines, the importance of the D-U-N-S number, how to correctly report jobs created and retained as well as sub-award information over and under $25,000.

ARRA Title I Application - Webinar (July 27, 2009)

Discussion of ARRA Title I application and the changes between ARRA and Regular Application. Question and Answer session.

Illinois Program Accounting Manual and A-133 Single Audits - Webinar (July 10, 2009)

A webinar was held Friday, July 10 on school district auditing and reporting. The webinar covers several accounting and auditing issues schools must consider, especially as they are being newly impacted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Staff discussed, among other topics, changes to the Illinois Program Accounting Manual and A-133 Single Audits. The webinar is an abbreviated version of the seminar produced by ISBE for the Illinois Association of School Business Officials CPA Seminars.

FY 2010 NCLB Consolidated Application and Updates to ARRA Title I and IID (June 18, 2009)

Staff from the Illinois State Board of Education provided a webinar on the FY 2010 NCLB Consolidated Application and updates on the new American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) application of Title I and IID funds. The webinar focuses on the NCLB Consolidated Application process, specifics of completing each page of the application, fiscal guidance and program assistance. Staff from the Divisions of Grants and Programs and Funding and Disbursements will be leading the discussions. Districts that are planning to apply for FY 10 NCLB Consolidated funds (Title I, II, IID and IV) are strongly encouraged to view the webinar.

Illinois Program Accounting Manual and A-133 Single Audits - Webinar (May 15, 2009)

Staff of the Illinois State Board of Education provided a webinar presentation on several accounting and auditing issues schools need to consider as they receive funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Included was a discussion of changes to the Illinois Program Accounting Manual and A-133 Single Audits. It is expected approximately 200 districts will have to undertake an A-133 audit for the first time this year due to increased federal funding being received under the stimulus.

ARRA Overview - Webinar (May 1, 2009)

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