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ERIC Number: ED510963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
School Districts' Perspectives on the Economic Stimulus Package: Teaching Jobs Saved in 2009-10 but Teacher Layoffs Loom for Next School Year
Kober, Nancy; Scott, Caitlin; Rentner, Diane Stark; McMurrer, Jennifer; Dietz, Shelby
Center on Education Policy
In the summer of 2009, school districts began receiving the first wave of federal economic stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Totaling about $100 billion over two years--more than double the fiscal year 2009 budget for the U.S. Department of Education (ED)--the education portion of the stimulus package is intended to stave off teacher layoffs, stabilize declining state and local education budgets, and blunt other negative effects of the economic downturn for schools. This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), an independent nonprofit organization, describes the uses of ARRA education funding at the school district level and the progress of districts in implementing the main education components of ARRA. The data were drawn from responses to a survey administered to a nationally representative sample of school districts in the spring of 2010. This is the second CEP report on ARRA implementation; the first, which focused on state-level implementation, was released in December 2009 (CEP, 2009). The authors reached three main conclusions based on their district survey data. Taken together, these conclusions suggest that the broad purposes of the ARRA education funds--saving or creating jobs, stabilizing declining state and local education budgets, and promoting education reform--are being met at the district level. Their conclusions also suggest that districts are likely to face significant challenges in maintaining quality programs. (Contains 9 figures, 2 tables and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy