Governor Haley Barbour was advised today the U.S. Department of Education approved Mississippi’s plan to spend $321 million on education needs from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“Approval of Mississippi’s plan to spend fiscal stabilization monies provided in the stimulus package for education is an important milestone,” Governor Barbour said. “It means we can now move ahead with the Legislature to develop prudent, pragmatic, and conservative budgets as we prepare to cope with declining state revenues through Fiscal Year 2012.”

The federal government approved Mississippi’s State Stabilization Application, which addresses funding for public schools, community colleges and universities. Mississippi will be eligible to apply for another $158 million this fall. To date, Mississippi has received nearly $135 million in education stimulus funds – representing a combination of funding for Title I, IDEA, Vocational Rehabilitation Grants, Independent Living Grants and Homeless Education Grants. On April 1, 2009, Mississippi, received more than $66 million in Title I funding and more than $63 million in IDEA funding. This represents 50 percent of the funding for Title I and IDEA funding Mississippi is eligible for in total. On April 1, 2009, Mississippi also received more than $3 million in Vocational Rehab funds and $574,295 in Independent Living funds. On April 10, 2009, Mississippi received $896,372 in Homeless Education grants.

Governor Haley Barbour Press Release