Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, But States Still Slow To Implement Reforms: Center On Education Policy Survey

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized.

While education stimulus funds largely saved or created jobs in public education, ongoing state budget deficits have slowed the implementation of reforms tied to federal stimulus money, according to a Wednesday report by the Center on Education Policy. Still, federal support blunted the recession's effects on K-12 education.

"Although many districts still had to eliminate teaching and other key staff positions, our research indicates that the situation would have been worse without the stimulus funds," CEP Executive Director Maria Ferguson said in a statement.

The ARRA, passed February 13, 2009, funneled more than $800 billion dollars into investments in infrastructure, health, energy and education, among others, to save and create jobs, cultivate economic activity and increase accountability in government spending.

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