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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working for America’s students

More than 250,000 education jobs saved or created according to preliminary White House report

WASHINGTON - October 19, 2009 -

The White House, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education,  today issued a preliminary report regarding the impact of the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) on education. According to the report, over 250,000 education jobs have been saved or created through ARRA. NEA advocated on behalf of its 3.2 million members for timely passage of the landmark legislation to help struggling families, public schools, colleges and states around the country cope with the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression. A final report is due October 30. NEA welcomed the good news from the White House.

ARRA provided $48.6 billion for states to save and create jobs, as well as $10 billion for low-income students and $12.2 billion for students with disabilities.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“While we are pleased the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working for educators, the big winners were America’s students. ARRA is working for over 250,000 educators and thousands of low-income students, as well as students with disabilities. It’s working for NEA members in schools and communities across America.

“Saving and creating these education jobs has a ripple effect on the education system. Teachers and support professionals may get a pink slip, but students don’t. Without these jobs, and with the same number of students, it’s likely that class size may have gone up even higher, which is particularly detrimental to students in the early grades.

“While we welcome the good news, we’re not out of the woods yet, as states are projecting significant drops in revenues. We encourage Congress and the Obama administration to consider extending recovery aid to students to avoid the ‘cliff effect’ if the states’ economy doesn’t improve significantly to maintain adequate levels of funding for students, programs and educators.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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