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Federal stimulus funds will get to Oklahoma schools soon

BY DAWN MARKS Modified: March 18, 2009 at 4:22 am •  Published: March 18, 2009
Schools could have part of their share of the federal economic stimulus package soon.

"We will have 50 percent of that money available to schools, we are told, by the end of March,” the state schools superintendent, Sandy Garrett, said Tuesday.

The state Education Department is set to receive an estimated $287 million for special education and Title I, which is designed to improve the achievement of disadvantaged students. School district officials can use the first half of the money for programs they already have, Garrett said. Programs should be listed on applications districts turned in to the Education Department in October.

The second half of the money will be used for new programs and school districts will turn in their plans for those funds this summer, she said.

Garrett met with most of the superintendents in the state last week to discuss the initial guidelines for the federal money, and officials are awaiting final guidelines. Superintendents are pleased and excited, she said.

"No. 1, they’re a little stunned,” Garrett said.