Federal education funding for the 2011-12 school year is in flux, as law makers continue to work toward some sort of compromise. Earlier this week, President Obama signed yet another continuing resolution designed to keep the government running until law makers determine how to fund the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. This continuing resolution provides funding for two more weeks.
ďEach time these continuing resolutions have been discussed, there have been cuts to education. Where those final cuts will end up, we just donít know,Ē said Tami Darnall, director of finance and management for the South Dakota Department of Education.
According to Darnall, her biggest concern is that the state Department of Education canít tell districts what their Title I and IDEA allocations for school year 2011-12 will be, and districts are at that point where they need to be working on budgets and contracts for next year.
As soon as a federal budget has been determined and the state receives information regarding Title I allocations, the department will get that information out to districts.
The next hurdle for Congress will be the presidentís proposed 2012 budget, which impacts school funding beginning July 1, 2012.
For more federal budget information, visit the U.S. Department of Educationís web site.