As a 30 career educator I am a discouraged by all the negative news from education. My sense is that there are many extremely hard working and inspired teachers, in a system that is going downhill.
How ARRA - (the stimulus) helped teacher across the country
According to www.recovery.gov, approximately 325,000 education jobs were either created or saved so far. Listed below are stories of schools which benefited from the funding.
Scott Coleman, Principal at Mt. Vernon Community School in Virginia speaks out about the importance of education, how the Stimulus has helped his students, and the place of education in our society.
For Scott Coleman, Principal at Mt. Vernon Community School in Virginia, the Recovery Act is not only about reforming our education system - it's about investing in future generations. As an educator for over 9 years, Scott believes that we can restore our promise to these children so that they can receive a competitive global experience. This is his story.
Counselors at Fairfax County Public School:
In the spring of 2009, Sue, Jill and Jon-Paul were among 58 counselors in the district who were notified that their jobs would be eliminated due to Fairfax County Public Schools $120 million budget deficit. Through the ARRA, the school district received $23.7 million dollars in stimulus money. Some of the funding was used to save all 58 counselor positions, ensuring that students would receive necessary academic and emotional support. In February 2009, ARRA allocated $100 billion to the U.S. Department of Education with the goal of delivering emergency education funding to fill significant education budget gaps in order to avert layoffs of personnel in school districts and universities across the nation.
As time permits I would like to add:
- overview of "no child left behind" program
- overview of race to the top program
- review of how ARRA - the stimulus package helped education