Federal Funding for State Innovation

Assuring Accountability and Equity in Recovery Spending

In this Dispatch, we emphasize that any stimulus spending has to be tied to increased accountability and transparency in spending decisions, especially by government contractors who often operate like a shadow government with little oversight.  One key reality is that those most in need often don't receive help from government spending without transparency and accountability measures built into the rules.  While the recent federal recovery plan made real strides in expanding such accountability, additional measures are still needed if the recovery plan is going to deliver real equity in our economic recovery.

Early Education Investments: Economic Importance and Policy Implementation

This Dispatch will discusshow funding from the federal recovery plan can help offset the costs ofmaintaining and even expanding early education programs. This Dispatchwill also highlight the economic and educational benefits of supportingearly education programs, as well as the different methods that stategovernments are employing to help reduce the cost of and promote theexpansion of quality early child care and state pre-k programs.