Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama's stimulus package for Cheshire schools

Yesterday the US House passed the Obama Stimulus Package. According to the House website, the bill includes:

$168,800 for school construction costs in 2009
$543,400 for IDEA in 2009
$625,700 for IDEA in 2010

Here is the IDEA website. From the website:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.

Btw, we all know that this money will get appropriated and get spent however the BOE pleases. So I think it's fair to say that while this money will do squat to "create jobs," it will likely maintain a bunch of teaching positions.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

The IDEA money is a worthy expenditure, but it's really not about economic recovery. These funds should have been run through the annual USDOE budget process, since the need for special education is not economically cyclical.

There are a lot of good things that will be funded, but doing this via a "stimulus package" is only going to screw up budgeting later on. This sort of recurring expense oughta be payg-oed....but Murphy only believes in fiscal restraint in the last week be fore people vote.

tim white said...

I expect that many pieces of this "stimulus package" will soon become recurring expenditures.

Anonymous said...

and my guess is by shfiting IDEA to stimulus a bunch of far less useful things will get funded through the normal USDOE budget since without IDEA, they will have plenty of money without looking like they are increasing their spending.

It's a shell game and using kids with a disability as the foils is really crass

Anonymous said...

It's all about the teachers.
We hear them whine about how they don't want to see the poor little children hurt, but they are unwilling to give anything up. We hear them agree that these are hard economic times, but not for them.

To help reduce the cost to the taxpayers, Florio suggests charging students activity fees. What a great way to help the poor students not lose their activities and still support the teacher raises and added medical costs.

I wouldn't doubt that they would use stimulous funds for the turf. ts

Anonymous said...

If you look at where the money is being spent (the children) you will find that they will be paying for it. Is this how we help them? We should give this a lot of thought...

Anonymous said...

Hail Obama!