This went out today to all the CFP coordinators. It is going out far and wide to other lists as well.
News from CFP Title IID Office
On Friday April 8, Congress reached an 11th hour compromise to avert the shutdown of the US government in Washington DC. One of the compromises that resulted was the elimination of the funding available for Title IID, Enhancing Education Through Technology. This funding, which has been designated annually in your CFP allocation has now been eliminated from the FY11 (Vermont's FY12) budget, meaning that as of July 1, 2011 (yes, 2011) there will be no Title IID allocations to schools. We certainly understand the impact this carries to the local schools. It is a blow that we were reluctantly anticipating, though it was hopeful that there would be at least one more year of funding prior to the work on Reauthorization of ESEA. The Reauthorization may restore some kind of funding for education technology, but it remains to be seen in what form that will be carried out if at all.
What does this mean for the short term?
* Monies that you have from CFP Title IID FY11 that are carrying over are still valid until June 30, 2012.
* Any competitive grants that were funded from Title IID FY11 funds are also still valid until June 30, 2012. (unless, and this is more likely, they were slated to end in June of 2011.)
* If you do not have carryover funds remaining, then your Title IID funding stream has concluded.
PLEASE NOTE: This information ONLY pertains to your regular Title IID allocations. ARRA funding is NOT part of this discussion. Your ARRA funds expire September 30, 2011, we anticipate you will have them spent by June 30, 2011. This information has not changed since announced in February.
Some advice for the short term, if possible, is to leave a small amount of Title IID funds in the CFP application to allow you some flexibility in an existing school-wide plan and using that strategy to write activities that address goals of funded titles, Title I and Title IIA and address some technology goals as well.
We will have more information on this when we convene on May 24 for our annual CFP conference at Killington resort. Until then, if you have specific questions, please call Peter Drescher at the Department of Education 802-828-5149.
Education Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
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