Although it is important that each LEA ensures that Federal funds are obligated in a timely manner, the U. S. Department of Education (ED) is aware of the enormous need to provide continued support for meaningful education reform across the nation and the need to offer flexibility to SEAs and LEAs to give them further time to make spending decisions wisely. For example, it would be unfortunate if grant recipients or sub-recipients terminate employees or postpone hiring when there are FY 2009 funds that could be used to keep personnel employed. As such, the West Virginia Department of Education is strongly considering a request to extend FY 2009 ESEA regular and ARRA funds for an additional year through December 31, 2012. Please review and comment the attached details through October 27, 2011. The request must be received by ED October 31, 2011.