On October 30, 2009, the Recovery, Accountability, and Transparency Board posted the first quarterly public accounting of all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expenditures to date on www.recovery.gov. Data reveals that approximately 400,000 jobs have been retained or created through Department of Education grants. Of these jobs, 325,000 are specifically education jobs, with the remaining portion attributable to more general public service positions.
These numbers are much higher than the 250,000 education jobs which were credited to ARRA in an October 19, 2009 preliminary report issued by the White House.Recovery.gov also includes data that describes each of the ARRA education grants and their allocations. The website also has a profile of each state that summarizes any restoration of education budgets by ARRA funds, and compiles all reported information regarding the state's use of ARRA funds per program.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – better known as the economic stimulus – was signed into law by President Obama in February and provided a historic infusion of funding for education and specifically early intervention and special education. CEC and its members actively advocated for the passage of ARRA and continues to support increased funding for early intervention and special education.
For more information on ARRA visit CEC’s Economic Stimulus website.
For more information about the newly released ARRA data go to Recovery.gov.
Find out where ARRA funds were spent in your zip code!
Read the Department of Education Press Release.
Read or listen to President Obama’s Weekly Address about the Recovery Act and the Economy.