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New Federal “Ed Jobs” Funding Creates Opportunities and Pitfalls for Connecticut School Districts

August 30, 2010

Authors: Richard A. Mills, Gary R. Brochu, Christopher A. Tracey

On August 10, 2010, Congress passed legislation creating the Education Jobs Fund (“Ed Jobs”), which provides $10 billion in federal education aid to states. The funding must be used to “retain or create education jobs.” Connecticut will receive approximately $110 million in one-time federal aid through this program. The State must pass this funding directly to school districts.

The School Law Practice Group at Shipman & Goodwin LLP has prepared this School Law Alert to help Connecticut school districts understand how Ed Jobs will impact them. To view the Alert, please click here.

NOTE: On September 13, we issued the following update to our August 30, 2010 School Law Alert (above) in order to inform Connecticut school districts about two significant developments regarding the new federal Education Jobs Fund program. First, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“SDE”) has revised the entitlements for Connecticut school districts. The finalized entitlements can be found here. Second, the SDE has clarified that middle and secondary regional school districts will be eligible for funding under the Ed Jobs program, but will need to apply for their funding. The SDE has sent notices regarding the application process to the affected middle and secondary regional school districts. Local school districts in Connecticut will not need to apply for their Ed Jobs funding.

The School Law Practice Group will continue to track this legislation for our clients, and our attorneys are available to answer clients’ questions regarding the Ed Jobs legislation. For more information about this Alert or the Ed Jobs legislation, please contact Richard Mills at (860) 251-5706 or rmills@goodwin.com, Gary Brochu at (860) 251-5705 or gbrochu@goodwin.com, or Christopher Tracey at (203) 324-8155 or ctracey@goodwin.com.

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