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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Resources

Great Lakes West is working to provide states with relevant and timely information in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama. This page is designed to bring new information and resources regarding ARRA, the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), Race to the Top, state efforts, and other relevant issues.  Additional information can also be found through the Learning Point Associates Education Recovery and Reinvestment Center.

New Resources!

Important Update: Summary of Race to the Top Draft Materials
The U.S. Department of Education released the draft Race to the Top materials for comment.  The Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Centers developed a short, 5-page summary of the materials. This summary is not intended to replace the official regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education and is only provided as a supplemental resource.

Summary Document:
Race to the Top: Summary of Draft Priorities, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Definitions

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Notice of Proposed Priorities Adobe PDF Icon
Press Release
Fact Sheet
Website

Waivers and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Adobe PDF Icon
A brief review of waivers and possible implications for ARRA funding prepared for state education agencies by Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West Comprehensive Centers as part of an ongoing series of web conferences with Great Lakes States. Information in this document will be updated upon final approval of new waiver guidance documents

Draft Guidance on Title I Waivers Released for Comments
The U.S. Department of Education has released draft guidance on waivers for new ARRA funding under Title I, Part A. The comment period on the guidance and appendices ends July 13, 2009.
Press Release
Draft Guidance
Draft Appendices (including forms)

Illinois and Wisconsin Announce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funding
April 20, 2009
The Illinois Office of the Governor announced $1.4 billion in ARRA funding for Illinois schools. Read the press release.

April 23, 2009
The Governor of Wisconsin and the State Superintendent of Education announced $366 million in ARRA funding for Wisconsin schools. Read the press release.

The Education Stimulus: Too Big to Fail
Learning Point Associates and Mission Measurement interviewed more than 50 education leaders to determine how they are defining successful implementation of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Funds. Download the report (pdf).

Webinar on ARRA Money:
"How to Allocate ARRA Money, Including Section 1003(g) Funds" 1–2 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Monday, May 11, 2009

The National Network for State School Improvement Leaders is hosting a webinar on how to allocate money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including Section 1003(g) funds. Featured presenters from the U.S. Department of Education are Thomas Corwin, Budget Office, and Susan Wilhelm, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please view the webinar information and registration.

New Website and Webinar Series Developed in Response to the Stimulus Package

Website. In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama, Learning Point Associates has developed the Education Recovery and Reinvestment Center website so that recovery funds will make a visible, long-lasting difference in teaching and learning. This comprehensive website offers tools and resources to help educators and policymakers track developments, find current information, and be aware of important and relevant events such as webcasts and audioconferences.

Webinar Series. Learning Point Associates will be hosting a series of free webcasts focused on stimulating change to create an education system that works for all learners. Watch for upcoming webcasts.

Summaries of Title I School Improvement Grants, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Phase II, and State Longitudinal Data Systems Draft Materials
The U.S. Department of Education released the Title I School Improvement Grants, State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (Phase II), and State Longitudinal Data Systems draft materials for comment. Great Lakes West and Great Lakes East Centers have developed short, concise summaries of these materials. These summaries are not intended to replace the official regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education and are provided only as supplemental resources.

Summary Document:
Title I School Improvement Grants: Summary of Draft Priorities, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Definitions

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Federal Register Notice Adobe PDF Icon
Fact Sheet
Examples of Successful Efforts

Summary Document:
SFSF Phase II: Summary of Draft Notice of Proposed Priorities, Requirements, Selection Criteria, and Definitions

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Notice of Proposed Priorities
Fact Sheet
Website

Summary Document:
Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems: Summary of Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

U.S. Department of Education Official Documents and Information:
Federal Register Notice
Fact Sheet
Website