SEDL Monthly: Advancing Research, Improving Education April 2009
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
SEDL is helping districts and schools make the most of the stimulus funds they receive through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Using ARRA Stimulus Funds

color pencilsThe federal government has released $44 billion of the education funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Recipients are charged with spending the funds quickly to create jobs; ensuring transparency, reporting, and accountability; investing in commitments that are sustainable after the funding expires; and improving student achievement.

SEDL staff are working closely with schools and districts to help them use their stimulus funds in ways that have the greatest impact on student learning.

  • We created a new ARRA section on SEDL’s Web site to help educators determine how to use these funds most effectively.

  • We provide 1- or 2-year technical assistance plans that focus on selected content areas. Our content specialists can focus on a subject identified in a school improvement plan and show your staff how to lead and participate in ongoing, on-site professional development that will continue to support school improvement long after you have spent your stimulus funds.

  • We offer professional development sessions at our Center for Professional Learning in Austin, Texas.

  • We have highly qualified evaluators who can help you determine how ARRA funds have affected student learning.


 

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ARRA Areas of Education Reform

The U.S. Department of Education’s suggestions for spending stimulus funds center around four “assurances” on which states must make progress as a condition of accepting state stabilization money. These assurances are listed below along with some examples provided by the Department of Education showing how districts and schools might use ARRA funds.

Example State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Title I IDEA
Improving teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution of highly qualified teachers
Provide training and dual certification for English language learner (ELL) or special education teachers.
X
X
X
Identify and use effective teachers as great coaches and mentors.
X
X
X
Ensure a fair and reliable teacher evaluation system.
X
X
Establishing data systems and using data for improvement
Create data systems that provide teachers with information on student progress.
X
Train educators to use data for decision making to improve instruction.
X
X
Implement online Individual Education Programs (IEPs) aligned to standards.
X
X
Providing support and interventions for lowest-performing schools
Close and reopen schools with new staff, new instructional programs, and additional learning time.
X
X
Provide summer programs to help students succeed in algebra and college-preparatory classes.
X
X
Improving results for all students
Strengthen early learning.
X
X
X
Use technology to improve teaching and learning.
X
Create accelerated tracks to college.
X
X
X
Invest in school modernization that advances energy efficiency, community, and early childhood.
X
Source: U.S. Department of Education.

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Questions or comments should be directed to:
Laura Shankland
SEDL
4700 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, TX 78723
Phone: 512-391-6556
Fax: 512-476-2286
E-mail: laura.shankland@sedl.org