Survey of Education Programs Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Introduction

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. We have been asked by Congress to conduct a study of the education programs funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to evaluate how these funds were used at the local level and how they impacted education programs and district budgets. The Recovery Act was enacted in response to a serious economic crisis and it seeks to promote economic recovery, make investments, and to minimize and avoid reductions in state and local government services. As part of this study, we are conducting this survey of school district superintendents across the country whose districts have received Recovery Act funding for 3 education programs - Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), to learn how these funds are being used. Our questionnaire asks about your district's use of the funding, your district's fiscal outlook, and how the level of service and education reform in your local educational agency (LEA) will continue when the funding ends. Your participation in this survey will help us inform the Congress about the impact of this legislation on school districts across the country. One of the analysts on our team would be glad to call you back if you want more information.

If, in order to answer any question in this questionnaire, you need to confer with other individuals in your office or department to obtain the requested information, please feel free to do so. To determine if consultation is needed, it may be helpful to preview all questions before completing the questionnaire.

We understand that there are many demands on your time. However, your participation is essential for us to provide nation-wide information to Congress about how Recovery Act funds are affecting educational reform efforts. In addition, your responses will help identify any problems that localities may have in understanding or implementing Recovery Act requirements.

If you want to review our survey before completing it on line, click here. If you do not already have an Adobe Acrobat reader on your computer, click here to download this software.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in taking part in our survey.

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General Information

1. Did your LEA or charter school (_____) receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds for any of the following programs: Title I Part A, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF)?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 99.3 97.6-99.9
  No 0.7 0.1-2.4

2. (If "Yes" to 1) Do you represent a charter school that was operating in school year 2010-2011?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 15.5 13.2-17.9
  No 84.5 82.1-86.8

3. (If "Yes" to 2) Which of the following best describes the status of your charter school in relation to the local education agencies in your state?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Charter school is a separate local education 91.3 81.0-97.1
  Charter school is not considered an LEA for 8.7 2.9-19.0

IDEA Recovery Act - Uses of Funds, Funding Flexibility, Effect on Service and Education Reform

4. Did your LEA receive Recovery Act funds for IDEA?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 88.6 84.4-92.0
  No 9.7 6.6-13.7
  Don't know 1.7 0.5-4.1

5. (If "Yes" to 4) What percentage of Recovery Act funds for IDEA has your LEA obligated to date?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-85% 61.6 55.9-67.3
  84-50% 32.2 26.8-37.7
  49-1% 4.4 2.4-7.4
  0% 0.5 0.1-1.8
  Don't know 1.3 0.4-3.1

6. Do you anticipate being able to obligate all of your Recovery Act funds for IDEA by September 30, 2011?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 96.6 93.9-98.3
  No 1.2 0.3-3.0
  Don't know 2.2 0.9-4.6

7. Based on your expenditures, including any expenditures for which your LEA will be reimbursed by Recovery Act funds, approximately what percentage of IDEA Recovery Act funds did your LEA spend on the following activities? (Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 37.7 31.9-43.5
  50-26% 19.8 15.0-24.5
  25-1% 16.1 12.0-21.1
  None (0%) 21.3 16.6-26.1
  Not applicable 3.1 1.4-6.1
  Don't know 1.9 0.6-4.7

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 7.4 4.4-11.4
  50-26% 10.9 7.3-15.5
  25-1% 27.7 22.1-33.2
  None (0%) 45.7 39.5-52.0
  Not applicable 7.0 4.0-11.2
  Don't know 1.3 0.2-4.2

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.6 1.0-5.4
  50-26% 7.0 4.3-10.7
  25-1% 49.4 43.2-55.6
  None (0%) 34.1 28.1-40.1
  Not applicable 4.6 2.4-7.9
  Don't know 2.4 0.7-5.7

d. Purchasing computer technology, not including assistive technology devices (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 5.8 3.1-9.8
  50-26% 12.2 8.7-16.5
  25-1% 46.7 40.6-52.8
  None (0%) 31.1 25.3-37.0
  Not applicable 2.9 1.3-5.5
  Don't know 1.2 0.2-4.1

e. Purchasing instructional materials, not including computer software

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.0 1.4-5.5
  50-26% 6.2 3.7-9.6
  25-1% 57.7 51.5-63.9
  None (0%) 27.4 21.6-33.1
  Not applicable 4.3 2.1-7.6
  Don't know 1.5 0.3-4.4

f. Purchasing assistive technology devices (e.g., communication devices, alternate keyboards, page turners, etc.)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.7 0.0-3.2
  50-26% 4.1 2.1-7.3
  25-1% 41.0 34.9-47.2
  None (0%) 46.2 39.9-52.5
  Not applicable 5.5 3.1-9.0
  Don't know 2.5 0.8-5.6

g. Purchasing equipment, other than computer technology and assistive technology devices

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.9 0.1-3.5
  50-26% 3.9 2.0-6.7
  25-1% 30.3 24.4-36.1
  None (0%) 56.5 50.2-62.8
  Not applicable 6.5 3.7-10.4
  Don't know 2.0 0.5-5.2

h. Hiring new service providers to support your special education program

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.0 0.5-5.1
  50-26% 5.4 3.0-8.8
  25-1% 22.5 17.3-27.7
  None (0%) 62.2 56.1-68.4
  Not applicable 6.3 3.6-10.3
  Don't know 1.6 0.3-4.4

i. Providing transportation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.9 1.0-6.2
  50-26% 2.6 0.9-5.9
  25-1% 19.8 14.8-24.9
  None (0%) 64.2 58.0-70.4
  Not applicable 8.2 5.1-12.4
  Don't know 2.2 0.7-5.5

j. School construction/renovation for disabled access (e.g., ramps, elevators, etc.)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 1.6 0.4-4.1
  50-26% 1.8 0.5-4.7
  25-1% 6.3 3.6-10.1
  None (0%) 77.1 71.7-82.5
  Not applicable 12.4 8.5-17.4
  Don't know 0.8 0.1-3.2

k. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 5.1 2.4-9.3
  50-26% 1.8 0.6-4.3
  25-1% 9.2 5.7-14.0
  None (0%) 61.4 54.7-68.1
  Not applicable 19.9 14.6-26.2
  Don't know 2.5 0.9-5.3

If "Other," please specify.

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8. Did your LEA exercise the flexibility allowed under IDEA to reduce local Maintenance of Effort (MOE) spending due to receipt of Recovery Act funds for IDEA? (This flexibility contained in section 613(a)(2)(C) of IDEA (34 CFR 300.205) allows certain LEAs to reduce local MOE expenditures by up to 50 percent of the increase in the LEA's subgrant allocation over that of the previous year.)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 27.4 22.2-32.6
  No, but plan to exercise flexibility 9.9 6.7-14.0
  No, and do not plan to exercise flexibility 36.5 30.9-42.1
  Not eligible to exercise this flexibility 6.9 4.3-10.4
  Not applicable 4.8 2.6-8.1
  Don't know 14.5 10.5-19.4

9. (If "Yes" to 8) By what percentage has your LEA reduced local MOE spending as compared to local MOE spending in the Fiscal Year prior to Recovery Act funds being introduced?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 1 to 10% 31.1 20.9-41.3
  11 to 20% 16.0 8.7-26.1
  21 to 30% 10.8 4.8-20.2
  31 to 40% 3.1 0.4-10.4
  41 to 50% 11.3 5.4-20.3
  Don't know 27.6 17.7-39.5

10. Given this reduction in spending, is your LEA able to maintain the same level of service under IDEA as compared to before receiving Recovery Act funds under IDEA?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, same level of service 77.6 66.5-86.5
  No, increased level of service 4.8 1.5-11.1
  No, decreased level of service 9.0 3.6-17.7
  Don't know 8.7 3.1-18.2

11. Does your LEA have plans to increase IDEA spending to pre-Recovery Act levels?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 33.6 23.0-44.2
  No 35.9 25.1-46.7
  Don't know 30.5 20.3-42.3

12. Approximately what percentage of the state and/or local special education funds freed up by this flexibility did your LEA spend on the following activities? (This flexibility contained in section 613(a)(2)(C) of IDEA (34 CFR 300.205) allows certain LEAs to reduce local MOE expenditures by up to 50 percent of the increase in the LEA's subgrant allocation over that of the previous year. Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 60.0 49.0-71.1
  50-26% 11.4 5.4-20.3
  25-1% 15.8 8.5-26.0
  None (0%) 7.9 3.1-16.0
  Not applicable 1.9 0.1-8.7
  Don't know 3.0 0.4-10.1

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.8 0.0-4.8
  50-26% 4.4 0.9-12.4
  25-1% 23.1 13.0-36.1
  None (0%) 55.5 42.8-68.2
  Not applicable 9.9 3.7-20.3
  Don't know 6.3 1.4-17.0

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.0 0.1-10.3
  50-26% 9.1 3.4-18.9
  25-1% 33.4 21.9-46.4
  None (0%) 40.9 28.7-53.2
  Not applicable 8.7 3.7-16.8
  Don't know 5.9 1.3-15.8

d. Purchasing computer technology, not including assistive technology devices (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.3 0.0-4.8
  50-26% 6.1 1.6-15.4
  25-1% 28.0 17.2-41.0
  None (0%) 47.6 34.9-60.3
  Not applicable 11.8 5.5-21.4
  Don't know 6.2 1.4-16.8

e. Providing transportation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.5 0.1-13.0
  50-26% 0.3 0.0-4.8
  25-1% 14.8 7.1-26.2
  None (0%) 63.8 50.2-75.9
  Not applicable 12.1 5.6-22.0
  Don't know 6.4 1.4-17.2

f. School construction/renovation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.0 0.0-2.7
  50-26% 1.3 0.0-6.9
  25-1% 0.2 0.0-5.0
  None (0%) 79.1 66.7-88.5
  Not applicable 12.7 5.9-22.9
  Don't know 6.7 1.5-17.9

g. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 4.7 0.6-15.7
  50-26% 0.0 0.0-5.9
  25-1% 3.0 0.2-13.6
  None (0%) 64.3 49.0-77.7
  Not applicable 20.0 10.4-33.1
  Don't know 7.9 1.8-21.1

If "Other," please specify.

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13. For the 2010-2011 school year, did your LEA use IDEA, Part B funds for coordinated early intervening services (CEIS), excluding carryover funding from the prior year?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, voluntarily 20.3 15.6-25.0
  Yes, required because of findings of signifi 2.7 1.3-4.9
  No 64.9 59.4-70.5
  Don't know 12.1 8.5-16.5

14. Do you currently anticipate your LEA having trouble meeting the IDEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement for either school year 2010-2011 or 2011-2012? (Check one per row.)

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a. Trouble meeting IDEA MOE for 2010-2011

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 9.7 6.6-13.6
  No 76.3 71.2-81.3
  Don't know 14.0 10.1-18.9

b. Trouble meeting IDEA MOE for 2011-2012

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 23.7 18.7-28.8
  No 53.3 47.4-59.2
  Don't know 23.0 17.9-28.0

15. (If "Yes" to either a or b in 14) For which reasons do you anticipate having trouble meeting the IDEA MOE requirement? (Check one per row.)

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a. Cuts in state funding

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 76.9 67.1-84.9
  No 10.2 4.8-18.5
  Don't know 12.9 7.0-21.1

b. Cuts in local funding

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 44.4 33.5-55.3
  No 35.9 25.4-46.5
  Don't know 19.7 11.7-30.0

c. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 19.2 9.1-33.6
  No 41.4 27.0-57.1
  Don't know 39.3 25.3-54.9

If "Other," please specify.

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Effect on Reform - IDEA

16. Which of the following statements best describes the overall effect of IDEA Recovery Act funds on education reform for students with disabilities in your LEA?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population IDEA Recovery Act funds have allowed my LEA 38.3 32.7-43.9
  IDEA Recovery Act funds have allowed my LEA 58.4 52.7-64.1
  Even with IDEA Recovery Act funds, education 1.6 0.6-3.5
  Don't know 1.8 0.6-4.1

17. Is your LEA collecting or planning to collect data that would allow for the evaluation of the effect of IDEA Recovery Act funds on education reform efforts for students with disabilities?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 23.9 19.0-28.8
  No 47.2 41.4-53.1
  Don't know 28.9 23.6-34.3

Title I, Part A Recovery Act - Uses of Funds, Waivers, School Improvement Grants, Effect on Service and Education Reform

18. Did your LEA receive Recovery Act funds for Title I, Part A?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 85.7 81.3-89.4
  No 12.4 9.0-16.4
  Don't know 2.0 0.7-4.4

19. (If "Yes" to 18) What percentage of Recovery Act funds for Title I, Part A has your LEA obligated to date?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-85% 69.4 64.0-74.7
  84-50% 24.5 19.6-29.4
  49-1% 5.1 2.8-8.5
  0% 0.3 0.0-1.5
  Don't know 0.8 0.1-3.0

20. Do you anticipate being able to obligate all of your Recovery Act funds for Title I, Part A by September 30, 2011?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 97.2 94.3-98.8
  No 0.7 0.0-2.8
  Don't know 2.2 0.8-4.7

21. Based on your expenditures, including any expenditures for which your LEA will be reimbursed by Recovery Act funds, approximately what percentage of Recovery Act funds for Title I, Part A did your LEA spend on the following activities? (Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 43.4 37.4-49.5
  50-26% 14.4 10.5-19.1
  25-1% 15.3 11.3-20.2
  None (0%) 23.1 18.0-28.3
  Not applicable 3.3 1.6-6.1
  Don't know 0.3 0.0-1.5

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 9.1 5.6-13.7
  50-26% 13.6 9.6-18.5
  25-1% 20.4 15.6-25.3
  None (0%) 50.8 44.4-57.3
  Not applicable 5.7 3.0-9.6
  Don't know 0.4 0.0-1.7

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 4.2 1.9-7.9
  50-26% 7.5 4.5-11.6
  25-1% 52.1 45.7-58.5
  None (0%) 31.7 25.6-37.8
  Not applicable 3.6 1.5-7.2
  Don't know 0.8 0.1-3.1

d. Purchasing computer technology (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 13.0 8.9-18.2
  50-26% 11.2 7.5-15.8
  25-1% 37.0 30.9-43.1
  None (0%) 33.6 27.4-39.8
  Not applicable 4.9 2.4-8.7
  Don't know 0.3 0.0-1.7

e. Purchasing instructional materials, not including computer software

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.5 1.7-6.4
  50-26% 11.6 7.7-16.5
  25-1% 50.3 43.9-56.7
  None (0%) 32.1 26.0-38.2
  Not applicable 2.5 1.1-5.0
  Don't know 0.0 0.0-0.7

f. Serving Title I eligible schools that had not previously received Title I funding

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 1.1 0.2-3.7
  50-26% 0.1 0.0-1.4
  25-1% 7.3 4.4-11.3
  None (0%) 72.1 66.5-77.8
  Not applicable 18.3 13.7-23.8
  Don't know 0.9 0.2-2.5

g. Hiring new service providers to support your Title I programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.3 0.0-1.8
  50-26% 2.3 0.6-5.8
  25-1% 14.6 10.5-19.5
  None (0%) 74.3 68.7-79.9
  Not applicable 7.8 4.7-12.0
  Don't know 0.8 0.2-2.2

h. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 1.5 0.3-4.1
  50-26% 2.3 0.7-5.5
  25-1% 9.8 6.1-14.6
  None (0%) 67.5 60.8-74.1
  Not applicable 16.1 11.1-22.3
  Don't know 2.9 1.1-5.9

If "Other," please specify.

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22. Did your LEA receive any of the following Title I waivers with respect to Recovery Act funds? (Check one per row.)

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a. 10 percent set aside for professional development for LEAs and schools in improvement

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 11.3 8.0-15.2
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 0.9 0.2-2.8
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 68.3 62.8-73.8
  Not applicable 10.1 6.8-14.3
  Don't know 9.5 6.1-13.9

b. Carryover limitation for Title I, Part A more than once every 3 years

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 21.7 16.8-26.5
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 0.7 0.1-2.6
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 58.4 52.6-64.3
  Not applicable 8.0 5.0-11.9
  Don't know 11.2 7.6-15.7

c. Title I Part A maintenance of effort requirements as they affect funding levels

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 2.4 1.0-4.7
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 0.6 0.0-3.0
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 76.8 71.7-81.9
  Not applicable 9.8 6.5-14.0
  Don't know 10.5 7.0-14.9

d. 20 percent set aside for transportation for public school choice and supplemental education services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 10.1 7.3-13.6
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 0.3 0.0-1.5
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 67.8 62.3-73.2
  Not applicable 15.6 11.5-20.5
  Don't know 6.2 3.6-9.9

e. Supplemental education services for schools in improvement

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 6.9 4.7-9.7
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 1.1 0.2-3.7
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 68.8 63.4-74.2
  Not applicable 17.3 13.0-22.4
  Don't know 5.9 3.3-9.6

f. Exclude Recovery Act funds from per-pupil amount calculation for supplemental education services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, waiver requested and approved 5.3 3.2-8.1
  Waiver requested but not yet approved 0.0 0.0-1.3
  Waiver requested and denied 0.0 0.0-0.7
  No, and did not request waiver 68.5 63.0-74.0
  Not applicable 14.4 10.5-19.0
  Don't know 11.9 8.2-16.5

23. (If "Yes" to any options in 22) Approximately what percentage of the Title I, Part A funds freed up by this flexibility did or will your LEA spend on the following activities? (This flexibility contained in section 613(a)(2)(C) of IDEA (34 CFR 300.205) allows certain LEAs to reduce local MOE expenditures by up to 50 percent of the increase in the LEA's subgrant allocation over that of the previous year. Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 32.2 24.1-40.3
  50-26% 7.2 3.6-12.8
  25-1% 10.9 6.0-17.8
  None (0%) 17.9 11.7-25.8
  Not applicable 27.0 19.6-34.4
  Don't know 4.7 1.9-9.6

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.2 0.0-2.5
  50-26% 7.9 3.4-15.0
  25-1% 12.9 7.5-20.1
  None (0%) 42.4 33.2-51.5
  Not applicable 32.7 24.2-41.3
  Don't know 4.0 1.4-8.8

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.8 1.0-9.7
  50-26% 5.4 2.2-10.9
  25-1% 31.4 22.8-40.0
  None (0%) 22.5 15.2-31.3
  Not applicable 30.7 22.4-39.0
  Don't know 6.2 2.7-11.9

d. Purchasing computer technology (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 4.8 1.8-10.2
  50-26% 3.1 0.7-8.2
  25-1% 22.6 15.5-31.0
  None (0%) 32.6 23.8-41.3
  Not applicable 32.1 23.8-40.4
  Don't know 4.9 2.0-9.9

e. Purchasing instructional materials, not including computer software

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 2.8 1.0-6.2
  50-26% 4.0 1.2-9.2
  25-1% 30.7 22.1-39.2
  None (0%) 27.0 19.0-36.2
  Not applicable 31.4 23.1-39.7
  Don't know 4.3 1.6-9.0

f. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.9 0.0-4.4
  50-26% 0.5 0.0-3.1
  25-1% 1.7 0.1-7.4
  None (0%) 47.8 37.8-57.9
  Not applicable 44.1 34.3-53.9
  Don't know 4.9 1.8-10.4

If "Other," please specify.

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24. Do you currently anticipate your LEA having trouble meeting the Title I Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement corresponding to Title I funds made available for your LEA for either school year 2010-2011 or 2011-2012? (Check one per row.)

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a. Title I MOE corresponding to 2010-2011 allocations

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 5.8 3.4-9.2
  No 77.9 72.9-82.9
  Don't know 16.3 12.0-21.4

b. Title I MOE corresponding to 2011-2012 allocations

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 13.3 9.6-17.9
  No 63.6 57.8-69.3
  Don't know 23.1 18.0-28.3

25. (If "Yes" to either a or b in 24) For which reasons do you anticipate having trouble meeting the Title I MOE requirement? (Check one per row.)

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a. Cuts in state funding

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 63.6 52.2-75.0
  No 14.7 7.9-24.2
  Don't know 21.7 12.3-34.0

b. Cuts in local funding

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 38.0 25.0-52.4
  No 34.2 22.4-47.7
  Don't know 27.8 16.5-41.6

c. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 9.9 2.5-24.5
  No 52.3 35.8-68.8
  Don't know 37.8 22.1-55.7

If "Other," please specify.

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Effect on Reform - Title I, Part A

26. Which of the following statements best describes the overall effect of Title I Recovery Act funds on education reform efforts in your LEA?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Title I Recovery Act funds have allowed my L 45.7 39.8-51.6
  Title I Recovery Act funds have allowed my L 50.4 44.5-56.4
  Even with Title I Recovery Act funds, educat 2.7 1.2-5.3
  Don't know 1.1 0.3-3.0

27. Is your LEA collecting or planning to collect data that would allow for the evaluation of the effect of Title I Recovery Act funds on education reform efforts?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 30.5 25.1-36.0
  No 43.2 37.3-49.1
  Don't know 26.3 21.0-31.5

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund - Uses of Funds, Effect on Service and Education Reform

28. Did your LEA receive Recovery Act SFSF funds?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 86.3 82.1-89.8
  No 10.3 7.2-14.0
  Don't know 3.5 1.8-6.1

29. (If "Yes" to 28) What percentage of Recovery Act SFSF funds has your LEA obligated to date?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-85% 85.1 80.4-89.1
  84-50% 12.0 8.4-16.4
  49-1% 1.6 0.5-3.5
  0% 0.5 0.0-2.5
  Don't know 0.8 0.1-3.1

30. Do you anticipate being able to obligate all of your Recovery Act SFSF funds by September 30, 2011?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 99.4 97.2-100.0
  No 0.1 0.0-1.3
  Don't know 0.5 0.0-2.9

31. Based on your expenditures, including any expenditures for which your LEA will be reimbursed by Recovery Act funding, approximately what percentage of Recovery Act SFSF funds did your LEA spend on the following activities? (Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 74.3 69.1-79.6
  50-26% 7.4 4.7-11.1
  25-1% 5.3 3.1-8.3
  None (0%) 10.0 6.7-14.3
  Not applicable 1.3 0.3-3.8
  Don't know 1.7 0.4-4.6

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.3 1.3-6.8
  50-26% 5.6 3.1-9.2
  25-1% 10.7 6.8-15.7
  None (0%) 70.5 64.5-76.5
  Not applicable 7.5 4.6-11.4
  Don't know 2.4 0.7-5.8

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 1.8 0.4-4.8
  50-26% 1.5 0.4-3.9
  25-1% 18.1 13.5-23.5
  None (0%) 66.8 60.7-72.9
  Not applicable 9.8 6.3-14.5
  Don't know 2.0 0.5-5.5

d. Purchasing computer technology (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.5 1.4-7.3
  50-26% 4.9 2.7-8.1
  25-1% 15.8 11.3-21.3
  None (0%) 63.4 57.0-69.7
  Not applicable 10.2 6.5-14.9
  Don't know 2.3 0.6-5.7

e. Purchasing instructional materials, not including computer software

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 0.3 0.0-1.8
  50-26% 6.4 3.6-10.2
  25-1% 17.4 12.6-23.1
  None (0%) 63.6 57.2-70.0
  Not applicable 10.3 6.7-15.1
  Don't know 2.0 0.5-5.5

f. Providing transportation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 1.0 0.1-3.5
  50-26% 1.9 0.5-5.2
  25-1% 3.4 1.6-6.3
  None (0%) 80.0 74.6-85.5
  Not applicable 11.2 7.3-16.3
  Don't know 2.5 0.7-6.1

g. School construction/renovation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 3.3 1.2-7.1
  50-26% 2.2 0.7-4.9
  25-1% 1.9 0.6-4.4
  None (0%) 77.8 72.2-83.5
  Not applicable 12.3 8.2-17.5
  Don't know 2.5 0.7-6.0

h. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-51% 8.2 4.8-12.9
  50-26% 3.2 1.2-6.6
  25-1% 4.8 2.2-8.9
  None (0%) 65.4 58.6-72.3
  Not applicable 16.3 11.3-22.4
  Don't know 2.1 0.6-5.5

If "Other," please specify.

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32. In your opinion, how have Recovery Act SFSF funds affected your LEA's ability to maintain or raise the level of service in your LEA compared to the Fiscal Year prior to Recovery Act SFSF funds being introduced?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Enabled my LEA to maintain the same level of 70.8 65.5-76.1
  Enabled my LEA to raise the level of service 14.1 10.3-18.6
  Even with Recovery Act funds, my LEA has not 13.5 9.7-18.0
  Don't know 1.6 0.5-4.1

33. (If "LEA has not been able to maintain same level of service" in 32) What effect have the following factors had on decreasing the level of service in your LEA compared to the Fiscal Year prior to Recovery Act SFSF funds being introduced? (Check one per row.)

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a. Increase in class sizes

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 8.1 1.8-21.3
  Some effect 35.3 20.0-53.2
  Moderate effect 36.4 21.1-53.9
  Great effect 9.5 2.7-22.5
  Very great effect 5.1 0.6-17.2
  Not applicable 3.7 0.1-17.8
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.7

b. Furlough(s) of instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 24.8 12.4-41.4
  Some effect 28.3 14.0-46.7
  Moderate effect 12.7 3.6-29.4
  Great effect 8.5 2.8-18.8
  Very great effect 5.2 0.6-17.9
  Not applicable 18.3 6.9-36.0
  Don't know 2.1 0.1-11.2

c. Reduction in instructional programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 12.4 4.1-26.9
  Some effect 49.2 33.1-65.3
  Moderate effect 22.9 11.4-38.4
  Great effect 8.0 1.7-21.4
  Very great effect 1.5 0.1-6.9
  Not applicable 4.1 0.1-20.2
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.6

d. Reduction in non-instructional programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 12.3 3.9-26.9
  Some effect 36.3 21.0-54.0
  Moderate effect 33.2 18.5-50.8
  Great effect 10.6 3.6-22.7
  Very great effect 1.4 0.1-6.8
  Not applicable 4.2 0.1-20.1
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.6

e. Shorter school year

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 43.2 27.1-60.4
  Some effect 12.7 3.5-29.7
  Moderate effect 8.4 2.0-21.6
  Great effect 4.6 0.4-17.4
  Very great effect 1.0 0.0-6.6
  Not applicable 24.0 11.1-41.7
  Don't know 6.2 0.7-21.5

f. Reduction or deferred purchase of instructional materials and resources

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 11.5 3.6-25.6
  Some effect 38.6 23.0-56.0
  Moderate effect 18.4 7.8-34.3
  Great effect 13.4 5.2-26.8
  Very great effect 8.5 2.1-21.3
  Not applicable 7.6 1.0-24.4
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.6

g. Elimination of summer school programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 29.2 15.4-46.6
  Some effect 18.3 7.3-34.9
  Moderate effect 10.4 3.2-23.6
  Great effect 7.5 2.3-17.3
  Very great effect 9.9 3.1-22.2
  Not applicable 22.7 9.8-41.0
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.6

h. Reduction in staff development

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 23.5 11.4-39.9
  Some effect 33.1 18.2-51.1
  Moderate effect 13.1 5.5-24.9
  Great effect 7.1 1.5-19.4
  Very great effect 7.4 1.7-19.5
  Not applicable 13.7 3.9-31.3
  Don't know 2.0 0.1-10.6

i. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No effect 25.8 10.0-48.1
  Some effect 1.1 0.1-9.7
  Moderate effect 0.0 0.0-5.3
  Great effect 1.5 0.1-9.7
  Very great effect 0.1 0.1-9.7
  Not applicable 63.9 41.0-82.9
  Don't know 7.7 0.4-31.0

If "Other," please specify.

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34. How much progress will the Recovery Act SFSF funds allow your LEA to make in the following areas of education reform? (Check one per row.)

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a. Increase teacher effectiveness

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Significant Progress 14.2 10.3-18.9
  Modest Progress 27.4 22.0-32.7
  Remain the same 52.2 46.2-58.2
  Don't know 6.2 3.6-9.8

b. Establish pre-K through college and career data systems

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Significant Progress 3.5 1.6-6.7
  Modest Progress 8.6 5.5-12.8
  Remain the same 72.0 66.4-77.5
  Don't know 15.9 11.6-21.0

c. Make progress toward common standards and assessments

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Significant Progress 9.8 6.4-14.3
  Modest Progress 30.8 25.1-36.4
  Remain the same 53.8 47.7-60.0
  Don't know 5.6 3.2-9.0

d. Turn around low-performing schools

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Significant Progress 3.8 1.9-6.8
  Modest Progress 17.9 13.4-23.1
  Remain the same 61.6 55.5-67.7
  Don't know 16.7 12.2-22.2

e. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Significant Progress 1.0 0.1-3.3
  Modest Progress 4.0 1.2-9.4
  Remain the same 47.9 39.3-56.5
  Don't know 47.2 38.5-55.8

If "Other," please specify.

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35. Is your LEA collecting or planning to collect data that would allow for the evaluation of the effect of Recovery Act SFSF funds on education reform efforts?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 18.5 13.9-23.1
  No 56.4 50.4-62.4
  Don't know 25.1 19.9-30.3

Jobs

36. Did your LEA provide your State or SEA information about the number of employees whose jobs have been funded in whole or part by the Recovery Act for the Recovery Act quarterly reporting requirements?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 88.0 83.9-91.4
  No 6.2 4.0-9.3
  Don't know 5.7 3.3-9.1

37. (If "Yes" to 36) Did your LEA report the number of employees whose jobs have been funded in whole or part by the Recovery Act in any of the following ways? (Check one per row.)

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a. Reported as full-time equivalents (FTEs) based on Recovery Act funded hours actually worked relative to hours in a full-time schedule

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 73.7 68.3-79.0
  No 23.7 18.5-28.9
  Don't know 2.6 1.1-5.3

b. Reported as full-time equivalents (FTEs) based on estimates of the Recovery Act funded hours worked relative to hours in a full-time schedule

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 20.2 15.1-25.4
  No 77.2 71.8-82.6
  Don't know 2.6 1.0-5.4

c. Reported as full-time equivalents (FTEs) based on an alternative method of calculation (other than hours worked) such as portion of salary or salaries funded by Recovery Act or dividing the award amount by the average cost of supporting one FTE at the LEA

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 21.8 16.3-27.3
  No 74.7 69.0-80.5
  Don't know 3.5 1.5-6.8

d. Reported using a measure or count that is not expressed as full-time equivalents (FTE)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 5.0 2.5-8.9
  No 92.2 88.0-95.4
  Don't know 2.8 1.2-5.5

38. How did Recovery Act funds, in total, affect the number of jobs in your LEA compared to what would have occurred if your LEA had not received the funds? (Check one per row.)

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a. Recovery Act funds allowed LEA to create jobs for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 30.1 24.8-35.3
  No 68.1 62.7-73.5
  Don't know 1.9 0.7-4.1

b. Recovery Act funds allowed LEA to create jobs for non-instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 20.6 15.9-25.3
  No 77.0 72.1-81.9
  Don't know 2.4 1.1-4.7

c. Recovery Act funds allowed LEA to retain jobs for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 84.3 79.8-88.2
  No 13.6 10.0-17.9
  Don't know 2.1 0.8-4.3

d. Recovery Act funds allowed LEA to retain jobs for non-instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 44.7 39.0-50.5
  No 51.9 46.1-57.7
  Don't know 3.4 1.6-6.1

e. Even with Recovery Act funds, the number of jobs in LEA decreased

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 35.6 30.1-41.1
  No 62.4 56.9-68.0
  Don't know 2.0 0.8-4.2

39. (If "Yes" to e in 38) To what degree did the following factors affect your LEA's decrease in the number of jobs? (Check one per row.)

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a. Budget

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No degree 6.0 2.9-10.7
  Some degree 9.4 5.0-15.7
  Moderate degree 14.1 8.7-21.3
  Great degree 26.0 18.7-33.4
  Very great degree 40.4 32.3-48.5
  Don't know 4.0 1.5-8.6

b. Staff attrition

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No degree 32.7 25.1-40.2
  Some degree 30.2 22.3-38.2
  Moderate degree 18.0 11.8-25.7
  Great degree 8.0 3.7-14.5
  Very great degree 6.9 3.2-12.8
  Don't know 4.2 1.5-9.1

c. Declining enrollment

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No degree 34.8 26.8-42.8
  Some degree 23.0 16.2-31.0
  Moderate degree 19.4 13.0-27.2
  Great degree 8.1 3.8-14.6
  Very great degree 10.0 5.3-16.7
  Don't know 4.8 1.9-9.7

d. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population No degree 61.1 50.1-72.1
  Some degree 4.5 0.9-12.9
  Moderate degree 2.6 0.3-9.3
  Great degree 0.0 0.0-4.1
  Very great degree 1.9 0.1-8.5
  Don't know 29.9 20.0-41.5

If "Other," please specify.

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Ability to Use Recovery Act Funds

40. Have any of the following factors affected your LEA's ability to use Recovery Act education funds in a timely and effective manner? (Check one per row.)

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a. Uncertainty regarding the portion of state funds sent/obligated to your LEA that were actually Recovery Act funds

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 13.6 9.9-17.9
  No 83.6 78.9-87.6
  Don't know 2.9 1.3-5.4

b. Recovery Act funds not being allocated by your state to your LEA

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 5.9 3.5-9.2
  No 90.9 87.0-94.0
  Don't know 3.2 1.4-6.1

c. Uncertainty about the allowable uses of Recovery Act funds

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 23.1 18.4-27.8
  No 75.1 70.2-79.9
  Don't know 1.9 0.6-4.3

d. Concerns about how best to use Recovery Act funds given the limited timeframe in which to spend them

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 29.1 24.2-34.0
  No 68.4 63.3-73.4
  Don't know 2.5 1.0-5.1

e. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 4.5 1.9-8.8
  No 79.6 72.8-85.4
  Don't know 15.9 10.8-22.3

If "Other," please specify.

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41. In your opinion, did your LEA have adequate time to plan for the effective use of Recovery Act education funds for the following programs? (Check one per row.)

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a. IDEA

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 73.2 68.3-78.0
  No 17.6 13.5-21.6
  Don't know 9.3 6.2-13.2

b. Title I

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 76.5 71.7-81.2
  No 14.3 10.7-18.4
  Don't know 9.3 6.2-13.2

c. SFSF

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 73.0 68.0-77.9
  No 18.8 14.5-23.1
  Don't know 8.2 5.4-11.8

42. Given that Recovery Act education funds are about to expire, and thinking about how your LEA used those funds, about what portion of those funds do you think resulted in sustainable continuing commitments?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population All or almost all 15.9 12.1-20.4
  Most 19.4 15.0-23.8
  About half 9.5 6.3-13.5
  Some 30.7 25.7-35.8
  Little or none 19.9 15.4-24.4
  Don't know 4.6 2.5-7.5

43. In your opinion, would you increase, keep the same, or decrease the amount of Recovery Act funds your LEA used for the following activities, if you had the chance to reallocate funds? (Check one per row.)

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a. Retaining staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 24.4 19.6-29.2
  Keep the Same 66.8 61.6-72.0
  Decrease 0.8 0.2-2.2
  Not applicable 5.5 3.3-8.5
  Don't know 2.5 1.1-4.8

b. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 13.3 9.9-17.4
  Keep the Same 56.8 51.2-62.4
  Decrease 4.5 2.5-7.4
  Not applicable 21.9 17.2-26.6
  Don't know 3.5 1.8-6.2

c. Providing professional development for instructional staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 19.9 15.4-24.5
  Keep the Same 55.5 49.8-61.1
  Decrease 3.0 1.5-5.3
  Not applicable 17.9 13.5-22.3
  Don't know 3.7 1.9-6.5

d. Purchasing computer technology (e.g., hardware, software)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 18.7 14.4-23.1
  Keep the Same 54.8 49.2-60.4
  Decrease 4.7 2.5-8.0
  Not applicable 18.2 13.8-22.6
  Don't know 3.6 1.9-6.3

e. Purchasing instructional materials, not including computer software

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 16.8 12.8-21.3
  Keep the Same 58.7 53.2-64.2
  Decrease 3.8 1.9-6.8
  Not applicable 17.8 13.5-22.1
  Don't know 3.0 1.4-5.4

f. Providing transportation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 5.7 3.4-8.9
  Keep the Same 43.4 37.8-49.1
  Decrease 3.3 1.7-5.8
  Not applicable 44.0 38.4-49.7
  Don't know 3.5 1.8-6.1

g. School construction/renovation

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 6.4 4.1-9.5
  Keep the Same 37.8 32.2-43.4
  Decrease 2.7 1.1-5.4
  Not applicable 48.9 43.2-54.6
  Don't know 4.2 2.3-6.9

h. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase 2.1 0.7-5.0
  Keep the Same 27.7 21.2-34.2
  Decrease 0.8 0.1-2.7
  Not applicable 60.8 53.9-67.8
  Don't know 8.6 5.2-13.2

If "Other," please specify.

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Monitoring and Accountability

44. Has your LEA's use of Recovery Act education funds for Title I Part A, IDEA, or SFSF been monitored, reviewed or audited by any of the following entities? (Check one per row.)

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a. Site visit (review by external officials visiting site(s) where funded activities take place)

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1. State Education Agency

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 18.0 13.8-22.3
  Not Checked 82.0 77.7-86.2

2. State Recovery Leader/Czar

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 1.5 0.4-3.9
  Not Checked 98.5 96.1-99.6

3. State Auditor

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 12.8 9.3-17.1
  Not Checked 87.2 82.9-90.7

4. U.S. Department of Education

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 2.9 1.4-5.3
  Not Checked 97.1 94.7-98.6

5. !Not applicable

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 42.5 37.0-48.0
  Not Checked 57.5 52.0-63.0

6. !Don't know

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 12.6 9.1-16.8
  Not Checked 87.4 83.2-91.0

b. Desk audit (review of documentation by external officials)

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1. State Education Agency

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 34.6 29.3-39.9
  Not Checked 65.4 60.1-70.7

2. State Recovery Leader/Czar

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 2.1 0.7-4.6
  Not Checked 97.9 95.4-99.3

3. State Auditor

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 10.8 7.5-14.9
  Not Checked 89.2 85.1-92.5

4. U.S. Department of Education

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 3.2 1.6-5.7
  Not Checked 96.8 94.3-98.4

5. !Not applicable

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 34.2 28.9-39.5
  Not Checked 65.8 60.6-71.1

6. !Don't know

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 10.9 7.8-14.7
  Not Checked 89.1 85.3-92.2

c. Phone call or interview

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1. State Education Agency

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 19.5 15.2-23.8
  Not Checked 80.5 76.2-84.8

2. State Recovery Leader/Czar

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 2.2 0.8-4.7
  Not Checked 97.8 95.3-99.2

3. State Auditor

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 2.8 1.3-5.2
  Not Checked 97.2 94.8-98.7

4. U.S. Department of Education

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 1.4 0.4-3.3
  Not Checked 98.6 96.7-99.6

5. !Not applicable

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 48.2 42.7-53.7
  Not Checked 51.8 46.3-57.3

6. !Don't know

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 15.5 11.6-20.1
  Not Checked 84.5 80.0-88.4

d. Other

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1. State Education Agency

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 8.2 5.4-11.9
  Not Checked 91.8 88.1-94.6

2. State Recovery Leader/Czar

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 0.1 0.0-1.1
  Not Checked 99.9 98.9-100.0

3. State Auditor

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 0.7 0.1-2.6
  Not Checked 99.3 97.4-99.9

4. U.S. Department of Education

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 0.6 0.1-2.3
  Not Checked 99.4 97.7-99.9

5. !Not applicable

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 36.7 31.4-41.9
  Not Checked 63.3 58.1-68.6

6. !Don't know

  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Checked 8.4 5.7-11.7
  Not Checked 91.6 88.3-94.3

If "Other," please specify.

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45. If your LEA has had a Single Audit, were there findings related to the use of Recovery Act funds for Title I Part A, IDEA, or SFSF?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 7.8 5.2-11.1
  No 73.8 69.2-78.5
  Not applicable 14.1 10.7-18.2
  Don't know 4.3 2.3-7.1

46. (If "Yes" to 45) Has your LEA submitted a corrective action plan to address the findings?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 66.9 46.2-83.7
  In the process of completing corrective acti 13.1 3.4-31.3
  No 20.0 7.1-40.1
  Don't know 0.0 0.0-5.7

47. (If "Yes" to 46) Has your LEA completed actions to address the findings?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes, completely 68.3 43.2-87.5
  Yes, partially 31.6 12.4-56.7
  No 0.1 0.1-12.6
  Don't know 0.0 0.0-6.9

Fiscal Outlook

48. How did your LEA's total funding for the 2010-2011 school year compare to your total funding for the 2009-2010 school year? (Total spending includes combined federal, state and local public education funds.)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase over 10% 5.1 3.3-7.4
  Increase between 6 and 10% 8.8 6.0-12.4
  Increase between 1 to 5% 25.9 20.9-30.9
  Remain the same 14.5 10.7-19.0
  Decrease between 1 to 5% 21.2 16.6-25.8
  Decrease between 6 to 10% 13.7 10.2-17.9
  Decrease over 10% 6.2 4.0-9.2
  Don't know 4.7 2.6-7.8

49. Overall, how has your student enrollment changed, from the Fiscal Year prior to Recovery Act funds being introduced, to now?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increased 28.7 23.8-33.6
  Remained the same 35.8 30.5-41.2
  Decreased 35.5 30.2-40.8

50. Did your LEA take any of the following actions for the 2010-2011 school year? (Check one per row.)

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Personnel

a. Furlough teachers

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 13.3 9.7-17.7
  No 85.5 81.1-89.3
  Don't know 1.1 0.3-3.0

b. Cut instructional positions

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 52.5 47.2-57.8
  No 46.8 41.5-52.1
  Don't know 0.7 0.1-2.5

c. Cut non-instructional positions

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 48.8 43.4-54.2
  No 50.4 45.0-55.9
  Don't know 0.8 0.1-2.5

d. Institute a pay freeze

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 28.1 23.3-32.9
  No 70.4 65.5-75.4
  Don't know 1.5 0.4-3.7

e. Make pay cuts

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 10.1 7.0-13.9
  No 88.5 84.4-91.8
  Don't know 1.4 0.4-3.7

f. Scale back benefits (e.g., health care or retirement)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 17.0 12.9-21.7
  No 81.5 77.1-85.9
  Don't know 1.6 0.5-3.8

g. Reduce professional development/teacher training

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 30.4 25.3-35.5
  No 67.9 62.7-73.0
  Don't know 1.7 0.7-3.6

Non-Personnel - Facilities

h. Defer maintenance

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 47.1 41.5-52.7
  No 50.8 45.2-56.4
  Don't know 2.2 0.8-4.6

i. Close or consolidate schools

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 6.8 4.4-10.0
  No 92.5 89.1-95.1
  Don't know 0.7 0.1-2.5

j. Reduce energy consumption

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 53.5 47.9-59.0
  No 42.6 37.1-48.1
  Don't know 3.9 2.0-6.9

k. Delay or eliminate school construction

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 22.2 17.5-26.9
  No 77.2 72.5-81.9
  Don't know 0.6 0.1-1.7

Non-Personnel - Operations

l. Increase class size

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 42.9 37.5-48.4
  No 55.9 50.4-61.4
  Don't know 1.1 0.3-2.9

m. Reduce instructional supplies/equipment

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 56.2 50.9-61.6
  No 42.6 37.2-47.9
  Don't know 1.2 0.3-3.2

n. Eliminate summer/alternative school programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 21.8 17.4-26.2
  No 75.9 71.2-80.6
  Don't know 2.3 0.9-4.7

o. Shorten school year

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 8.0 5.3-11.6
  No 91.3 87.6-94.1
  Don't know 0.7 0.1-2.5

p. Reduce custodial services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 32.4 27.4-37.5
  No 66.4 61.3-71.5
  Don't know 1.2 0.4-3.0

q. Reduce food services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 6.5 3.9-10.0
  No 92.0 88.2-94.9
  Don't know 1.5 0.5-3.7

r. Reduce transportation services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 18.0 13.7-22.2
  No 80.5 76.1-84.8
  Don't know 1.6 0.6-3.3

s. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 4.4 1.9-8.7
  No 82.8 76.0-88.3
  Don't know 12.8 8.0-19.1

If "Other," please specify.

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51. Looking ahead to the 2011-2012 school year, what do you expect the total funding for your LEA will be compared to the 2010-2011 school year? (Answer based on your current assumptions of what the total funding for the 2011-2012 school year will be. Total funding includes combined federal, state, and local public education funds.)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increase over 10% 0.1 0.0-1.1
  Increase between 6 to 10% 2.1 0.9-4.2
  Increase between 1 to 5% 12.5 8.9-16.9
  Remain the same 9.8 6.8-13.7
  Decrease between 1 to 5% 23.6 18.9-28.4
  Decrease between 6 to 10% 28.8 23.8-33.8
  Decrease over 10% 19.1 14.9-23.4
  Don't know 3.8 2.0-6.5

52. How likely or unlikely is it that your LEA will have to take any of the following actions in the upcoming 2011-2012 school year? (Please include any actions that you will take or any that you will continue to take. Check one per row.)

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Personnel

a. Furlough teachers

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 17.4 13.3-22.2
  Somewhat likely 9.9 7.1-13.4
  Neither likely nor unlikely 9.5 6.5-13.3
  Somewhat unlikely 12.5 9.1-16.7
  Very unlikely 39.6 34.1-45.1
  Not applicable 6.2 3.7-9.6
  Don't know 4.8 2.7-7.9

b. Cut instructional positions

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 40.5 35.0-45.9
  Somewhat likely 22.8 18.3-27.3
  Neither likely nor unlikely 7.4 4.8-10.9
  Somewhat unlikely 9.4 6.5-13.0
  Very unlikely 16.9 12.9-21.6
  Not applicable 0.3 0.0-1.2
  Don't know 2.7 1.2-5.2

c. Cut non-instructional positions

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 35.4 30.1-40.7
  Somewhat likely 26.7 22.0-31.5
  Neither likely nor unlikely 9.8 6.7-13.7
  Somewhat unlikely 7.6 5.0-11.1
  Very unlikely 17.1 13.0-21.9
  Not applicable 0.1 0.0-1.1
  Don't know 3.3 1.6-6.0

d. Institute a pay freeze

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 29.8 24.7-34.9
  Somewhat likely 18.7 14.5-23.0
  Neither likely nor unlikely 9.5 6.5-13.5
  Somewhat unlikely 9.3 6.4-13.0
  Very unlikely 26.2 21.2-31.2
  Not applicable 1.7 0.5-4.1
  Don't know 4.7 2.6-7.9

e. Make pay cuts

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 8.6 5.7-12.4
  Somewhat likely 9.8 6.9-13.5
  Neither likely nor unlikely 18.5 14.1-22.9
  Somewhat unlikely 16.0 12.3-20.4
  Very unlikely 39.6 34.1-45.1
  Not applicable 2.5 1.0-5.2
  Don't know 5.0 2.8-8.2

f. Scale back benefits (e.g., health care or retirement)

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 16.0 12.1-20.6
  Somewhat likely 15.8 11.8-20.4
  Neither likely nor unlikely 15.3 11.5-19.8
  Somewhat unlikely 13.0 9.7-16.9
  Very unlikely 32.9 27.6-38.1
  Not applicable 2.4 0.9-5.1
  Don't know 4.7 2.6-7.9

g. Reduce professional development/teacher training

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 24.1 19.3-28.9
  Somewhat likely 26.9 22.0-31.7
  Neither likely nor unlikely 13.9 10.3-18.2
  Somewhat unlikely 9.7 6.7-13.5
  Very unlikely 21.3 16.7-25.9
  Not applicable 0.5 0.0-2.1
  Don't know 3.6 1.8-6.4

Non-Personnel - Facilities

h. Defer maintenance

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 31.4 26.1-36.6
  Somewhat likely 25.9 21.0-30.8
  Neither likely nor unlikely 11.1 7.9-15.2
  Somewhat unlikely 9.3 6.3-13.0
  Very unlikely 17.9 13.7-22.1
  Not applicable 1.3 0.5-3.0
  Don't know 3.1 1.5-5.6

i. Close or consolidate schools

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 5.0 3.1-7.7
  Somewhat likely 4.6 2.7-7.4
  Neither likely nor unlikely 10.4 7.2-14.4
  Somewhat unlikely 4.8 2.9-7.6
  Very unlikely 60.1 54.8-65.4
  Not applicable 12.2 9.0-16.2
  Don't know 2.8 1.2-5.3

j. Reduce energy consumption

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 29.5 24.4-34.5
  Somewhat likely 34.9 29.6-40.2
  Neither likely nor unlikely 14.4 10.6-18.9
  Somewhat unlikely 4.9 2.8-7.8
  Very unlikely 11.9 8.5-15.9
  Not applicable 1.4 0.5-3.1
  Don't know 3.1 1.5-5.5

k. Delay or eliminate school construction

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 16.0 12.2-20.4
  Somewhat likely 13.9 10.2-18.3
  Neither likely nor unlikely 15.1 11.3-19.6
  Somewhat unlikely 5.7 3.6-8.7
  Very unlikely 27.0 22.0-32.1
  Not applicable 19.0 14.6-23.5
  Don't know 3.2 1.5-6.0

Non-Personnel - Operations

l. Increase class size

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 32.5 27.3-37.7
  Somewhat likely 28.5 23.5-33.6
  Neither likely nor unlikely 12.4 9.0-16.5
  Somewhat unlikely 8.0 5.3-11.6
  Very unlikely 15.1 11.3-19.5
  Not applicable 0.9 0.3-2.1
  Don't know 2.6 1.3-4.8

m. Reduce instructional supplies/equipment

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 33.4 28.1-38.7
  Somewhat likely 33.8 28.5-39.1
  Neither likely nor unlikely 10.1 7.0-13.9
  Somewhat unlikely 7.5 5.0-10.9
  Very unlikely 12.3 8.9-16.5
  Not applicable 0.1 0.0-1.1
  Don't know 2.8 1.3-5.3

n. Eliminate summer/alternative school programs

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 17.0 12.9-21.8
  Somewhat likely 15.9 12.3-20.1
  Neither likely nor unlikely 20.7 16.1-25.3
  Somewhat unlikely 11.5 8.2-15.6
  Very unlikely 21.7 17.1-26.2
  Not applicable 9.8 6.7-13.7
  Don't know 3.5 1.7-6.2

o. Shorten school year

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 4.8 2.7-7.8
  Somewhat likely 7.0 4.3-10.6
  Neither likely nor unlikely 15.7 12.0-20.0
  Somewhat unlikely 7.9 5.1-11.4
  Very unlikely 55.0 49.5-60.6
  Not applicable 7.3 4.6-10.9
  Don't know 2.4 1.0-4.7

p. Reduce custodial services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 16.3 12.3-21.0
  Somewhat likely 23.3 18.6-28.0
  Neither likely nor unlikely 14.3 10.6-18.8
  Somewhat unlikely 12.9 9.4-17.1
  Very unlikely 29.2 24.1-34.3
  Not applicable 0.7 0.2-1.9
  Don't know 3.3 1.6-6.0

q. Reduce food services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 7.3 4.5-11.1
  Somewhat likely 6.9 4.4-10.3
  Neither likely nor unlikely 17.5 13.4-21.7
  Somewhat unlikely 15.4 11.6-19.9
  Very unlikely 45.6 40.0-51.2
  Not applicable 4.0 2.2-6.5
  Don't know 3.3 1.6-6.0

r. Reduce transportation services

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 14.7 10.8-19.4
  Somewhat likely 16.0 12.1-20.6
  Neither likely nor unlikely 14.0 10.4-18.3
  Somewhat unlikely 13.2 9.6-17.6
  Very unlikely 34.3 28.9-39.6
  Not applicable 4.8 3.1-7.0
  Don't know 3.0 1.4-5.5

s. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Very likely 2.8 0.8-7.2
  Somewhat likely 2.3 0.6-6.1
  Neither likely nor unlikely 12.3 7.6-18.5
  Somewhat unlikely 2.4 0.7-5.8
  Very unlikely 26.7 19.7-33.8
  Not applicable 37.1 29.5-44.8
  Don't know 16.2 10.7-23.2

If "Other," please specify.

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53. Does your LEA currently use or plan to implement any of the following for the 2010-2011 school year? (Check one per row.)

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a. Partnering with other districts or other public institutions on shared services and/or bulk purchasing

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 62.8 57.7-67.8
  No 31.9 27.0-36.7
  Don't know 5.4 3.2-8.4

b. Hiring outside consultants/advisers to assist with identifying areas for cost savings

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 24.4 19.7-29.2
  No 68.0 62.8-73.2
  Don't know 7.6 4.9-11.1

c. Forming an advisory committee/group or holding meetings with community stakeholders (e.g., parents, community members) to develop budget recommendations

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 51.5 46.0-57.1
  No 35.3 30.1-40.6
  Don't know 13.1 9.5-17.6

d. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 4.5 1.7-9.4
  No 57.0 48.7-65.3
  Don't know 38.5 30.3-46.7

If "Other," please specify.

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Education Jobs Fund

54. Was your LEA allocated to receive funds from the Education Jobs Fund?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Yes 77.2 72.8-81.5
  No 17.5 13.7-21.4
  Don't know 5.3 3.2-8.3

55. (If "Yes" to 54) Based on your plans, approximately what percentage of funds does your LEA plan to spend from the Education Jobs Fund over the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years? (Check one per row.)

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a. 2010-2011 School Year

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 50.8 44.2-57.4
  74-50% 6.7 3.8-10.8
  49-25% 5.6 2.9-9.6
  24-1% 5.6 3.2-8.9
  None (0%) 28.4 22.4-34.3
  Not applicable 0.7 0.0-3.3
  Don't know 2.3 0.7-5.4

b. 2011-2012 School Year

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 48.5 41.8-55.2
  74-50% 8.4 5.0-13.0
  49-25% 4.5 2.1-8.3
  24-1% 3.0 1.4-5.5
  None (0%) 26.7 20.7-32.7
  Not applicable 6.9 3.9-11.1
  Don't know 2.1 0.6-5.0

56. Based on your current or planned expenditures, approximately what percentage of funds from the Education Jobs Fund did your LEA spend or does it plan to spend on the following activities? (Check one per row.)

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a. Hiring new staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 5.5 2.7-9.9
  74-50% 3.5 1.4-7.4
  49-25% 4.8 2.4-8.6
  24-1% 7.1 4.0-11.4
  None (0%) 69.5 63.1-75.9
  Not applicable 7.6 4.4-12.3
  Don't know 1.9 0.5-5.1

b. Rehiring former staff

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 12.8 8.5-18.4
  74-50% 3.1 1.1-6.6
  49-25% 2.2 0.6-5.3
  24-1% 2.8 1.0-6.2
  None (0%) 66.6 60.0-73.1
  Not applicable 10.6 6.7-15.7
  Don't know 2.0 0.5-5.1

c. Retaining existing staff by providing compensation and benefits

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 72.1 66.2-78.0
  74-50% 5.1 2.8-8.4
  49-25% 5.4 2.7-9.5
  24-1% 3.5 1.5-7.1
  None (0%) 11.1 7.3-15.9
  Not applicable 1.2 0.2-3.6
  Don't know 1.7 0.4-4.5

d. Other

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population 100-75% 2.9 0.7-7.8
  74-50% 0.0 0.0-2.6
  49-25% 1.2 0.2-3.7
  24-1% 1.1 0.1-4.0
  None (0%) 62.4 53.9-70.8
  Not applicable 26.0 18.6-34.5
  Don't know 6.4 2.9-12.1

If "Other," please specify.

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57. Without the Education Jobs Fund, would the overall staffing levels in your LEA have increased, remained the same or decreased during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years?

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  Question
Choices
Estimated
Percentage
95 Percent
Confidence Interval
Entire Population Increased 1.2 0.3-3.7
  Remained the same 28.2 22.4-34.0
  Decreased 67.0 61.0-73.1
  Don't know 3.5 1.6-6.8

58. For the Education Jobs fund quarterly reporting requirements, how many full-time equivalents (FTEs) did your LEA report to your state or SEA for the quarter ending December 2010? (Please provide us the number of FTEs to the nearest tenth of a point so that the number will appear as 10.5.)

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