$1.2 Billion Headed to Cash Strapped Schools

Calif schools to get $1.2B from federal jobs bill

Sunday, Aug 15, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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$1.2 Billion Headed to Cash Strapped Schools

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BERLIN - SEPTEMBER 18: A teacher tends to fourth-grade children in a classroom in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The German government will host a summit on education in Germany scheduled for mid-October in Dresden. Germany has consistantly fallen behind in recent years in comparison to other European countries in the Pisa education surveys, and Education Minister Annette Schavan is pushing for an 8 percent increase in the national educaiton budget for 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The state aid bill President Obama signed last week is expected to provide $1.2 billion to help California's cash-strapped schools.

Uncertainty over the state budget, however, could delay plans to rehire teachers or restore school days.

The emergency legislation provides $10 billion to states to save or create estimated 160,000 education jobs, including up to 16,500 in California.

The Obama administration plans to begin distributing the education money to states later this month and wants school districts to use it to retain and rehire teachers this academic year.

But California lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger still haven't reached agreement on a state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, and there is no deal in sight, creating financial uncertainty among districts

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