Education Stimulus Watch

At this point the enthusiastic predictions about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s contributions to K-12 education reform should be approached with skepticism. The law’s provisions and their interpretation by the Department of Education erect significant barriers to reform. Moreover, additional conditions on the ground make those obstacles even higher. At this early date, it appears that we must adjust our expectations about the ARRA’s ability to generate the types of improvements our schools so urgently need.

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