The jobs bill that the House approved on Dec. 16 included $23 billion to save an estimated 250,000 education jobs over the next two years and $300 million to support the College Work Study program for low- and moderate-income students who work while attending college. Unlike money in the state fiscal stabilization fund made available under the stimulus bill approved earlier this year, states will not be required to report their progress on the Obama administration's four education redesign "assurances" in order to get the jobs bill money. The four assurances are turning around low-performing schools, improving teacher quality and distribution, advancing standards and assessments, and raising the bar on data collection.
Is providing stimulus money without the assurance accountability mechanism a good idea? What lessons can be drawn from stimulus money already dedicated to the education sector?