If the state's application is approved, each district in Iowa will receive a portion of the funds to save or create education jobs for the 2010-2011 school year. Jobs that can be funded under this program include teachers, as well as classroom aides, counselors, librarians, school principals, and other employees who provide building-level educational and related services.
"As a former teacher and coach, I know what it means to be in front of a class of students every single day," Culver said Tuesday. "The commitment our teachers and staff make to inspire our students day in and day out is being recognized at the federal level. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for this funding to put thousands of educators back in the classroom."
The U.S. Department of Education has assured states that a decision on submitted state applications will be made quickly and that funds will be made available for distribution after approval of the application. Iowa intends to use the state aid formula to calculate distributions for each school district. The state will capture only 0.2 percent of the maximum 2 percent set-aside to defray costs to manage the program. All other funds will be distributed during fiscal year 2011 (2010-11 school year) through the state aid payment schedule, possibly starting as early as September. The state and school districts must maintain records that track and account for Education Jobs funds.
For a full list of school district allocations, please visit the Iowa Department of Education's Education Jobs Fund web page at
More information on the Education Jobs fund is available at www2.ed.gov/programs/educationjobsfund/index.html.
August 24, 2010
Angel Albert, Governor's Office