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How is 2009 federal stimulus to NYC being used?

I was surprised at first by this info about how money provided to NYC through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is being used. But then I realized that most of the stimulus money is going to private parties, not the city, and isn’t counted in these stats. I still didn’t know, however, that so much money was given to education in the federal stimulus. For an interactive chart, go here.

This pattern is not unique to NYC. As Sam Dillon reported in the New York Times, the stimulus funding “was the largest one-time infusion of federal education dollars to states and districts in the nation’s history.”

The total was around $100 billion nationwide, and again as reported by the New York Times, here’s how it was spent:

About $65 billion of the $100 billion in education stimulus money went to states in three pots: $39.5 billion as part of a stabilization fund intended to bolster the finances of state public education systems, $13 billion for the federal program for poor students known as Title I, and $12.2 billion for students with disabilities. Congress directed the rest of the $100 billion to smaller initiatives, including $4.3 billion to a school improvement grant program the Obama administration calls Race to the Top.

(The last one, Race to the Top, is a program that’s similar to many of the city App Contests sprouting up all over the country. It puts up a pot of money that schools can compete for through innovations and advances in education.)

Money well spent?