U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that
Alaska will receive $23.5 million to support education jobs.
"There is a huge sense of urgency to get these funds out the
door," said Duncan. "These education dollars will help Alaska keep
thousands of teachers in the classroom working with our students this
The $10 billion education fund will support education jobs in
the 2010-11 school year and be distributed to states by a formula based
on population figures. States can distribute their funding to school
districts based on their own primary funding formula or districts'
relative share of federal Title I funds.
Over the last two years, the Department has been able to support
300,000 education jobs through stimulus funding provided by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At this time, seven states have drawn
down 100 percent of previously allocated jobs funding, while 18 states
total have drawn down 80 percent or more. A July report from the
independent Center on Education Policy found that 75 percent of school
districts that received stimulus funds expect to cut teaching positions
in the upcoming school year.