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While campaigning for President, Barack Obama promised that if elected he would make education a national priority. On February 17, 2009 he kept his promise and greatly expanded the role the federal government will play in elementary, secondary and higher education by signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA provides over $100 billion for education - twice the Department of Education's current discretionary budget. This stimulus package offers school districts and state departments of education a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform teaching and learning. However, the ARRA also presents significant challenges.
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