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Our children are our nation’s most important resource and should therefore
be one of our highest priorities. As educators, we’ve witnessed firsthand
the devastating effects this economic recession has had on them. Shrinking
state education budgets, local business closings, and falling property values
jeopardize school resources. Additionally, the stress children experience
when a parent loses a job, the bank forecloses on the family home, or food
becomes scarce affects their ability to learn.
The federal government’s historic investments in education via the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus package, is designed
to generate economic activity to prevent further deterioration of the severely
contracted U.S. economy.
On behalf of our members, which include local school superintendents,
principals, and teachers, ASCD applauds the federal government’s recent
investment in our education system. Research has proven that a thriving
education system is integral to sustained, long-term economic recovery.
Consistent, coordinated planning to ensur e that each student is
healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged is imperative
to student achievement and is even more c ritical in times
of economic stress.
With warmest personal regards,
Gene R. Carter, Ed.D.
Executive Director and
Chief Executive Officer
For 65 years ASCD has been dedicated to helping educators
advance best practices and policies for the success of each
learner. We know that navigating federal legislation,
researching grant deadlines, and making c ritical decisions
about school improvements can be compl icated and
time-consuming. This document will help you better
understand how to access and use the edu cation dollars
the stimulus package provides and offer y ou additional
resources to aid in your school improveme nt efforts.