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ERIC Number: ED541298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Realigning Resources for District Transformation: Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to Advance a Strategic Education Reform Agenda
Education Resource Strategies
School districts and states have begun to receive education funds doled out from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, and many have a simple plan for the money--prevent teacher layoffs and restore current programs that were heading for the chopping block. This plan aligns with the legislation's intent to address the acute financial problems facing school districts around the country, yet the act's name points to a greater purpose than simple relief for its substantial, one-time funds. The act's State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, complemented by a one-time boost to a variety of categorical programs, provide an unprecedented opportunity for districts to advance a strategic agenda: to align and fundamentally restructure their use of resources to improve academic achievement for all students. This paper provides concrete ideas for strategic spending in three key areas--taking stock of current practices, focusing on support for quality instruction, and making transitional investments--in order to give some guidance to those districts seeking to balance the act's short-term focus on preserving jobs with its long-term goals of promoting student achievement. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Resource Strategies; Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009