Th e N e w s pa p e r o f t h e N a t i o n a l A s s o c i a t i o n o f S c h o o l P s y c h o l o g i s t s
June 2009 Volume 37, Number 8
How to Promote School Psychological
Services Through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
B Y H E AT H E R D O E S C H E R
What Is the ARRA?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also known as the
“Stimulus Act” and “Economic Recovery Act,” was signed into law by President
ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL FAZER
Obama on February 17, 2009. As a response to the economic downturn that we
are all experiencing, the ARRA is an eﬀort to jumpstart our economy, create or
save millions of jobs, and make long-term investments for the future.
Why Is It Important to School Psychologists?
The law is important because it pledges approximately $100 billion federal dol-
lars for investment in education, and some of this money can and should be used
Research-Based Practice to pay for school psychological services. This means that the ARRA is a perfect
opportunity to advocate for services and skills of school psychologists in your
Parental Use of Meth and Its Eﬀect state and school district.
In fact, the four main goals of the ARRA education funds are to (a) imple-
on Children in My Community ment college and career-ready standards and high quality, valid, and reliable
assessments for all students (including English language learners and students
BY NANCY A. MCKELLAR with disabilities); (b) improve teacher eﬀectiveness and equitable distribution
of eﬀective teachers; (c) implement pre-K to higher education data systems that
n 18-year-old whose father has been though I have seen it many times. It is just meet the principles in the America COMPETES Act; [ continued on page 12 ]
A a drug addict the teenager’s entire
life explained, “School was my home
before I started doing drugs. Then I didn’t
too diﬃcult to distance myself from the ad-
dicts on the screen. They are all white adults
living in the Midwest. Many are parents. Research-Based Practice
have a home anymore once I did.” The stu- As I go about my life, I am seldom aware
dent started using drugs at age 11.
This young woman’s acknowledgment
of methamphetamine use where I live. I
wondered if the neighboring state in which
Is NCLB Closing the
of starting to use drugs at such a young age
shocks most of us, even though our society
the HBO ﬁlm was made only appeared to be
very similar to mine or if I was oblivious to
has fought drug use by youth for years. It is
a ﬁght that we have not yet won (Eaton, et
local methamphetamine abuse. I decided to
investigate meth use among adults in my
al., 2006). Equally distressing is the mod- community of Wichita, Kansas. As a school B Y T I F FA N Y W H I T E , T R OY LO K E R , A M A N DA M A R C H ,
eling of drug addiction by her father. Edu- psychologist, I could not help considering & KEVIN SOCKSLAGER
cators are not accustomed to focusing on the impact on children.
the damage to students