US Department of Education officials are reviewing Connecticut’s response to concerns about how the state is using federal stimulus money. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
In September, the US Department of Education’s Inspector General issued an alert memo that suggests that three states - Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania - may have violated the spirit of the stimulus program by lowering funding for public schools, and simply replacing the dollars with money from Washington. Sandra Abrevaya is a press secretary for the US Department of Education:
"The issue at hand is whether a state has reduced the proportion of total state revenues spent on education from one fiscal year to the next."
Federal officials say they’re not aware of any evidence that Connecticut has violated the statute. State officials addressed the matter in a letter to Washington on Wednesday. They say that Connecticut followed federal guidelines requiring states to maintain funding for education at least at 2006 levels. But Washington’s concern is that it may have meant a reduction in state funding for education. State leaders want to be sure the conflict resolves - and doesn’t jeopardize future federal education grants.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.