Office of Accountability

Memo to the Field from Shelia Evans-Tranumn, Associate Commissioner for School Improvement & Community Services-NYC

School Improvement & Community Services-NYC
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Brooklyn, New York  11217


District Superintendents
Superintendents of Public Schools
Charter Schools Administrators
From: Shelia Evans-Tranumn
Date: September 2009
Subject: Guidance for 2009-10 Title I, Parts A and D, and School Improvement Grants (1003(a)) and Allocations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)


 In April of 2009 United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote to inform Chief State School Officers of the unprecedented opportunity to help reform our education system and restore economic prosperity. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provide over $100 billion for education and early childhood programs and services.” In his letter, Secretary Duncan shared his support for the core principles of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and his commitment as Secretary to advocate for “greater transparency, particularly for parents; flexibility in return for accountability; improved assessment and data systems to better track the growth of students and improve instruction; and increased focus on high school graduation.”

In our efforts to prepare ourselves for the unprecedented level of monitoring and auditing that these funds will be subject to, we have been actively participating in USDOE teleconferences, webinars, tracking updated information, and holding internal meetings to prepare our State to fully meet the expectations of the Secretary and the requirements of the ARRA. Note that New York has been identified as one of the States that will be subjected to extraordinary monitoring and auditing by both the US Office of the Inspector General and the General Accounting Office. Both of these offices have already been in our State and have also visited a number of targeted LEAs to review their systems and planned use of ARRA funds.

We have prepared the following guidance to assist you with your application completion and planning regarding the use of these funds. Additionally, we ask that you access the USDOE websites that are referenced in this document regarding both regulatory and non-regulatory guidance that they are making available to states.

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