Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013
Education Jobs Fund Program
Fund Code: 206
|Purpose: ||The Education Jobs Fund Program (Ed Jobs) is a one-time appropriation the U.S. Department of Education (USED) is awarding to governors to save or create education jobs. Jobs funded under this program include those that provide educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. |
|Priorities: ||A school district must use its funds only for compensation and benefits, and other expenses, such as support services, necessary to retain existing employees, to recall or rehire former employees, and to hire new employees, in order to provide early childhood, elementary, or secondary educational and related services.
For purposes of this program, the phrase "compensation and benefits, and other expenses, such as support services" includes, among other things, salaries, performance bonuses, health insurance, retirement benefits, incentives for early retirement, pension fund contributions, tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment assistance, transportation subsidies, and reimbursement for childcare expenses.
|Eligibility: ||Approximately $204 million in Ed Jobs funds were awarded to Massachusetts. On August 24, 2010, Governor Patrick announced that these funds would be allocated to K-12 school districts in conjunction with the state's Chapter 70 school funding formula, as follows:
In December 2011, Massachusetts received an additional $3 million in Ed Jobs funding. ESE retained 2% of these funds for state-level grant administration and the remaining $2.9 million was allocated to K-12 districts based on each district's share of the original Ed Jobs allocation.
- $54.6 million were used to replace a portion of the FY2011 state fiscal stabilization fund (SFSF) allocations previously used to supplement the FY2011 Chapter 70 program. Each district's SFSF reduction was offset by a dollar-for-dollar allocation of Education Jobs funds.
- $143.6 million were used to offset the previously announced 4% cut in most districts' Chapter 70 aid and to fully fund the minimum aid provision of the Chapter 70 formula at $25 per pupil.
- $2.2 million were used to fund Chapter 70 obligations for four districts as a result of recently approved DOR local contribution waivers (authorized by St. 2009, c.27, s.115 and St. 2010, c.134).
- $3.6 million were reserved for state-level grant administration, monitoring, oversight, and reporting activities.
|Funding: ||FY2013 Ed Jobs awards are included in the Ed Jobs workbook in the Required Forms section below. Grant funds must be obligated by September 30, 2012. |
|Fund Use: ||Districts may use Ed Jobs funds to restore reductions in salaries and benefits and to implement salary increases. Districts may also use the funds for any additional salary and benefits costs associated with the elimination of furlough days.
Districts may use the funds to pay the salaries of teachers and other employees who provide school-level educational and related services. In addition to teachers, employees supported with program funds may include, among others, principals, assistant principals, academic coaches, in service teacher trainers, classroom aides, counselors, librarians, secretaries, social workers, psychologists, interpreters, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, information technology personnel, nurses, athletic coaches, security officers, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.
Districts may NOT use the funds to pay for contractual school-level services by individuals who are not employees of the district (e.g., janitors employed by an outside firm). The statute also prohibits districts from using Ed Jobs funds for general administrative expenses such as administrative expenditures related to the operation of the superintendent's office or the school committee, including the salaries and benefits of district-level administrative employees.
If the MTRS box is checked on any of the salary lines on the application, districts must budget 9% of budgeted salaries for MTRS and, as required, the Department will send 80% of the MTRS line directly to MTRS in December. Districts, however, can choose not to budget Education Jobs funds for MTRS and instead pay MTRS directly using local funds. Districts that are interested in this option must contact the Department.
Districts' net school spending requirements will continue to be based on the sum of the municipality's minimum required contribution and the district's state-funded Chapter 70 aid.
|Project Duration: ||July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012 |
|Program Unit: ||Office of School Business Services|
|Phone Number: ||(781) 338-3116|
|Date Due: ||Districts must submit their application by June 22, 2012. |
|Required Forms: || FY2013 Education Jobs Fund Program Workbook|
|Additional Information: || Districts will be required to report on their use of Ed Jobs funds along with their quarterly ARRA reporting. |
|Submission Instructions: || Complete and submit the application workbook through the Security Portal. Mail (2) copies of the Cover Sheet, each with the Superintendent's original signature.
School Business Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906