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The federal stimulus and California schools

With the failure of state lawmakers to close a budget deal over Presidents Day weekend — one that was thought to have enough votes to pass — California, as a New York Times reporter put it, “appears headed off the fiscal rails.”

Scary stuff, but at least our state and its schools are expected to receive a chunk of money from the feds. Under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, which Obama is expected to sign today, the Oakland school district could receive roughly $30.6 million — $17.6 million in Title I money and $13 million in special education funds (under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), according to recent estimates. That’s less than it would have received under the initial stimulus proposal, which included construction funds.

You can see the full list of estimates, here. The list was generated by the Congressional Research Service.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.