I will attempt to track my own state and county’s stimulus money received.  After all, it is my tax money being spent without my permission.  Don’t get me wrong, every child should be able to read and write however how much more of my tax money must be given to Education?  Does Georgia really need $2B for Education?

I can understand road and infrastructure projects but just how bad is Georgia’s public school system? Note Governor Perdue Certifies $207 Million in Stimulus Road Projects and contrast with the below:

Direct Aid to Georgia – Dept of Education

$1,260,799,095:  81.8 percent of Georgia’s total Fiscal Stabilization allocation has to be used to restore State support for elementary and secondary education, and public higher education. States are required to maintain state support of education at the FY 2006 funding levels. In May 2009, 67% of the grant, $844.7 M, was awarded to Georgia. The remainder of the funds will be released in September 2010.

$280,520,092:  18.2 percent of Georgia’s total Fiscal Stabilization allocation provides governors with funding to support education (including school modernization, renovation, and repair), public safety, and other government services. In May 2009, 67% of the grant, $187.9 M, was awarded to Georgia. The remainder of the funds will be released in September 2010.

Georgia will receive a total of about $2 billion in stimulus funds for education at all levels. Georgia’s K-12 public schools will receive the vast majority of that money. This chart shows the major funding areas.

Program Area AMOUNT OF ARRA FUNDING (estimate)
Title 1
(for the education of economically disadvantaged students)
$351.4 million
IDEA Part B
(for the education of Students with Disabilities, K-12)
$313.8 million
IDEA Part B grants
(for preschool students with disabilities)
$10.5 million
Educational Technology State Grants $22.1 million
Fiscal Stabilization Funding
(K-12)
$900 million
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