Education Department: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Overview of the Recovery Act
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. Show less
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort... Show more
Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low-Graduation Rate High Schools
Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University/Jobs For the Future
Recommendations to the federal government on how to use stimulus monies to help solve the nation's graduation crisis, and new analytic tools for examining the characteristics of schools, districts, and states that make certain approaches to helping the most at-risk students graduate more likely to succeed in certain places.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Using ARRA Funds to Drive High School Improvement
National High School Center at the American Institutes of Research
Multiple resources about ARRA such as: deadlines and descriptions related to the new funding opportunities; suggestions made by the Department of Education on ways in which the funds appropriated under ARRA may be spent; and best practices and resources related to these suggestions that will be helpful to stakeholders at the state, district and school levels who are undertaking high school improvement initiatives.
ARRA Idea Development WorksheetTurning Ideas Into Actions
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
A worksheet intended to help teams of district staff with decisions about investing ARRA funds.
Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success
Coalition for Student Achievement
Recommendations on how to use ARRA funds to support student achievement and high school graduation and college and career success.
Realigning Resources for District Transformation: Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds to Advance a Strategic Education Reform Agenda
Center for American Progress and Education Resource Strategies
A blueprint for how to use ARRA funds to take stock of current practices, focus on support for quality instruction, and make transitional investments.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Recommendations for Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners
Working Group on ELL Policy
Recommendations from a working group of researchers on how Recovery Act funds can be used to better serve English language learners.
Southern Education and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Recommendations for Implementing Federal Funding for Education PDF
Southern Educational Foundation
Recommendations of three functional guidelines on the use of ARRA funds, from pre-school through college, focusing on schools and districts in the nation's 15 southern states, especially those in high-poverty districts.
Race to the Top: Promising State Models PDF
Education Commission of the States
Links to legislation and other state sources that highlight promising state approaches to achieving the four goals outlined in ARRA.
How the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Impacts Special Education and Early Intervention PDF
Council for Exceptional Children
Questions and answers regarding ARRA that may be of most relevance to the education of special education students.
The Education Stimulus: Too Big to Fail PDF
Learning Point Associates and Mission Measurement
Suggestions for building metrics to monitor the success and return on investment of ARRA based on interviews with more than 50 education leaders exploring what they expect in terms of the impact of ARRA funding on the educational system.
Planning the Possible: How Schools Can Use Stimulus Dollars for Lasting Impact
Explanations of how the funding in the stimulus package is to be used; what sustained capacity-building professional development can do to improve student achievement in individual schools, districts, and states; and what resources are available to help educators along the way.
Title I Early Education: Models for Using ARRA Funds
Center for Law and Social Policy
Ways that Title I funds can be used to support early education in schools and community-based programs, and includes models from school districts currently making these choices.
Navigating the Opportunities for Families with Young Children in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act PDF
ZERO TO THREE
An interactive tool to help decision makers and advocates navigate the ways in which ARRA funds may be used to positively impact the healthy development of our youngest children.
Infants and Toddlers in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Planning Tools for States PDF
ZERO TO THREE
Planning tools for states on using the economic stimulus funds to benefit infants, toddlers, and their families.
Intelligent Uses of ARRA
State Educational Technology Directors Association
Descriptions of ways in which technology can be leveraged most effectively in education, including examples of successful state models.
Tough Decisions: Closing Persistently Low-Performing Schools
Center on Innovation and Improvement
Summary of lessons learned from four urban settings, designed to help decision makers who are contemplating closing schools for performance reasons learn from districts that have already tackled this difficult challenge.
Schools and the Stimulus
On-going coverage of how states and districts are implementing the Recovery Act.
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