Here's my answer (almost identical to a comment I shared over there).
Put another way, of the 52 applications that need to be submitted, 29 remain outstanding.
Note that the states in arguably the most dire fiscal straits—California, Florida, and Nevada—are among those that have received their funds. The stragglers include some states in comparatively good financial shape, such as Texas and Wyoming.
So is lack of need the main reason some states are taking their time? That's possible, but hard to imagine in most cases.Any ideas?
The fiscal stabilization rules require states to:
- maintain at least FY 2006 state funding for FY 2010 and FY 2011, for K-12 and postsecondary.
- use the federal dollars first to put funding back to the FY 2008 level, again for K-12 and post-secondary.
- hand out what's left to K-12 only, using Title 1 formulas.
- get revenue estimates from our forecasting group.
- decide how much, if anything, must be cut from the FY 2010 state education budget, whether we can continue doing better than FY 2006, and if so, by how much.
- plan how to hand out the stabilization dollars, based on first getting back to FY 2008 and then adding to K-12 district resources.
- apply to USED for the money.
Looking at the states that have filed, their deeper revenue problems mean they already know they can't provide a penny more than FY 2006. That made their math both sadder than ours and a lot simpler to complete.