Release: $52 Million In Education Funds For Vermont

WASHINGTON, July 27 – More than $52 million in stimulus funds are available for Vermont for education reform and to help save teaching jobs jeopardized by state and local budget cuts, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today. 

Vermont will be eligible to apply for another $25 million this fall.

“The $52 million Vermont will receive today is part of the single largest boost in education funding in recent history,” said U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  “Vermont can now utilize these funds to save jobs and lay the groundwork for a generation of education reform.”

Vermont earlier this year received nearly $46 million in additional stimulus funds for elementary and secondary education programs.

In order to receive today’s funds, Vermont provided assurances that it will collect, publish, analyze and act on basic information regarding the quality of classroom teachers, annual student improvements, college readiness, the effectiveness of state standards and assessments, and progress on turning around underperforming schools. 

States also are required by the Department of Education to report the number of jobs saved through the economic recovery act, the amount of state and local tax increases averted and how funds are used.