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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

What are the guidelines?

The guidelines promote comprehensive education reform by receiving commitments from states that they will collect, publish, analyze and act on basic information regarding the quality of classroom teachers, annual student improvements, college readiness, the effectiveness of state standards and assessments, progress on removing charter caps, and interventions in turning around underperforming schools. Specifically, the law requires states to show:

  • Improvements in teacher effectiveness and commitments that all schools have highly qualified teachers;
  • Progress toward college and career-ready standards and rigorous assessments that will improve both teaching and learning;
  • Improvements in achievement in low-performing schools, by providing intensive support and effective interventions in those schools.
  • That they can gather information to improve student learning, teacher performance, and college and career-readiness through enhanced data systems that track progress.

What can you find through this website?

This website provides information and resources to parents, educators, and policy makers that will help them understand the ARRA and how it will effect Utah.

Reporting potential misuse of funds and/or fraud:

Each recipient and sub-recipient awarded funds made available under Federal Education Programs, including ARRA funds, must promptly refer to the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General any credible evidence that a principal officer, employee, agent, contractor, sub-recipient, sub-contractor, or other person has submitted a false claim under the False Claims Act or has committed a criminal or civil violation of laws pertaining to fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, gratuity, or similar misconduct involving those funds. Office of Inspector General Hotline.

Links

School Improvement Grant Award Grantees 2010

Title I SIG information 2010-2011

Survey for FY11 School Improvement Grant

United States Department of Education

Utah Definition of Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

Utah Title I ARRA School Improvement Grant (SIG)

United States Department of Education (ARRA)

Utah Fiscal Stabilization Fund Phase II Data Collection and Public Reporting Plan