U.S. & Wyoming Government

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Amanda Dewey

Political Science 1000, Semester 1

November 2009


The United States Government is faced with many issues year after year. However, some of these issues come up for debate within the Congressional Caucus, and at times a solution is supposedly implemented, but truly some of these issues tend to become a cosmetic fix. One issue that has been at the forefront for several years is the investment into education.   From ex-Presidents Regan to Bush, not one particular president has come even close to tackling how education should be handled, funded or even monitored. However, this issue has become prevalent due to our economic downturn. Therefore, President Barack Obama signed into law, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), on February 17, 2009. “According to President Barack Obama, “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity— it is a pre-requisite. The countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow”. [1]

      The ARRA is part of the economic stimulus package and the reason for signing this law is to help reduce the effects on how the current economic downfall is causing state and local budget cuts within the school systems. In addition, the law is designed to promote educational changes to help improve student achievement and have high- quality teachers in classrooms across the nation especially for low-income and minority students. The other aspects of this bill are to make college affordable and invest in early childhood development. Therefore, due to the significance of the ARRA bill, this paper will address how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help minorities, single parents and low-income families achieve a post secondary education.


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