As the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) takes effect, funding is
now available to help decision makers at the school, district, and state levels make
“improvements in teacher effectiveness and in the equitable distribution of qualified
teachers for all students, particularly students who are most in need,” according to
the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
Approximately $100 billion is devoted to education programs to
• Help states address their budget deficits (education is one of the
• Forestall teacher layoffs at the local level.
• Create activities that promote student achievement.
Moreover, the one-time nature of the stimulus funding, which has to be spent no
later than September 2011, necessitates expenditures on activities that do not result
in ongoing or recurring expenses beyond that date, after which districts would be
solely responsible for the costs.
ASCD leaders considered the confluence of events—the recession, the new administration, and the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—and
decided to act themselves. As decision makers around the country face difficult
choices about how best to serve their educators, students, and community, ASCD
is here to help explain how you can use the funding in the stimulus package; how
sustained, capacity-building professional development can improve student achievement in individual schools, districts, and states; and what resources are available to
help educators along the way.
As a leader in professional development and best practices for the education
community since 1943, ASCD provides effective, customized, capacity-building
professional development to states, intermediate units, districts, schools, and other
organizations, allowing them to use human and financial resources more effectively.
ASCD is committed to providing the range of self-sustaining professional development services required to cultivate educators into local experts in specific instructional and leadership practices.
Consistent, coordinated planning will ensure that each student is healthy, safe,
engaged, supported, and challenged; ASCD leaders believe this emphasis on the
whole child is imperative to student achievement and even more critical in
times of economic stress.
ASCD will continue to provide information, support, and resources as educators
traverse these uncertain times; visit www.ascd.org/ARRAresources for updates.