American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A direct response to the economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals: Create new jobs and save existing ones; Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth; and Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending. In other words, the purpose of ARRA is to stimulate the US economy in the short term and to invest in education and other essential public services to ensure long term economic health of the nation. The use of these funds is intended to strengthen education, drive reforms and improve college readiness for all students. The entire description can be found athttp://www.recovery.gov
Reporting requirements for school systems include the responsibility to show transparency in how teachers and school administrators are evaluated. Documents used in Somerset County Schools to evaluate professionals can be found at the link below.
The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program funded March 2009 was a one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Of the amount appropriated, the U. S. Department of Education awarded governors approximately $48.6 billion by formula under the SFSF program in exchange for a commitment to advance essential education reforms to benefit students. SFSF is a key element of the ARRAand is guided by the principles of ARRA. Funding used by the state helped to ensure that local educational agencies (LEAs) had funds to stabilize state and local government budgets including the cost of health care and teacher positions.
The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Application Phase 2 outlined additional requirements. The direction of these new mandates involved data collection, analysis and planning in response to indicators and descriptors related to the evaluation and performance of teachers and principals and the connection to student achievement outcomes. By June 30 2011, all local school systems are required to post on their websites a summary performance of teachers and administrators by individual school.