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In early 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to prevent the recession from swelling into a full-scale Depression. The legislation provided the single largest amount of funding for education in our county’s history. The Recovery Act created and saved over 300,000 jobs in education in 2009 alone, with less than half of Recovery funds distributed.


The Recovery Act made the following education investments nationally:

  • $39.5 billion for local school districts to prevent cutbacks and layoffs.
  • $15.6 billion to raise the maximum Pell Grant amount, which 7 million students use to pursue postsecondary education.
  • $2.1 billion to expand Head Start programs. This increase will allow an additional 124,000 children to enroll in Head Start and Early Head Start, providing children with the developmental, educational, health, nutritional, and social activities that prepare for success in school.
  • $3.95 billion was provided for job training programs, including $1.2 billion to create up to one million summer jobs for youth.
  • The bill included $13 billion for a variety of education grants to help disadvantaged children reach higher academic standards.
  • $12.2 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This investment will ensure that states can afford mandatory special education costs without cutting other areas of education. Our local school districts have received $22.5 million in IDEA funding.

School districts in California’s 18th Congressional District have received nearly $68 million in Recovery Act funds. Check the table below to see the funding your School District has received:


Schools in the 18th Congressional District Funding
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District $744,070
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $73,437
Cabrillo Unified $2,173,171
Campbell Union High School District $3,881,938
Cupertino Union High School District $8,725,870
Fremont Union High School District $4,198,526
Happy Valley Union Elementary $404,514
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $222,214
Lakeside Joint School District $80,980
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District $148,975
Los Altos Unified $1,087,811
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union School District $1,157,483
Las Lomitas Elementary School District $202,000
Menlo Park City Elementary $630,384
Mountain Union Elementary $66,909
Mountain View-Los Altos High School District $2,020,091
Mountain View-Whisman School District $2,779,778
Pajaro Valley Unified $15,878,392
Palo Alto Unified $3,588,785
Portola Valley Elementary District $200,839
Ravenswood City School District $3,018,489
Redwood City Elementary District – $6,406,521
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $2,016,886
Saratoga Union School District $674,856
Scotts Valley Unified $1,402,086
Sequoia Union High School District $4,093,078
Sunnyvale School District $2,130,118
Woodside Elementary District $108,593


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