About $75 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act education funding was distributed via formula-based programs. This meant there were no grant competitions—states and districts got money simply by virtue of having schools and students—so there were few if any mechanisms to direct how these dollars would be used. However, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told recipients over and over again that these dollars had to be used for reform as well as job protection.
But initial spending reports are out and, according to Education Week, about 96 percent of these funds have been used for jobs.
So much for reform and stabilization being equal partners.