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ERIC Number: EJ918228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-9
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
ARRA Brings Home Mixed Report Card
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v30 n20 p1, 12-13, 17-18 Feb 2011
Two years after Congress made the federal government's largest one-time investment in the nation's public schools, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act--the economic-stimulus package--has prevented massive teacher layoffs, spurred states to devise sweeping education overhaul plans, and invigorated the national conversation about turning around the worst-performing schools. Education was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the package signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. The measure ultimately provided a total of $814 billion for a variety of purposes aimed at helping correct the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The emergency aid saved or created an estimated 368,000 school-related jobs during the 2009-10 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education's accounting of data self-reported by states and school districts. Since states and districts have already spent three-quarters of the education stimulus money, however, and the economic recovery is slow-going, many of those jobs now hang in the balance. Nearly $100 billion in aid saved jobs and spurred state policy overhauls, but the long-term impact remains to be seen as the recovery act reaches its second anniversary.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009