Show me the Money
Legislation could be worth more than $1.2 billion to California schools
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
That's according to State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell, who is urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign SB 847 and AB 185 before he leaves on a planned trip to Asia Sept. 9.
SB 847 bill would give the California Department of Education the go-ahead to allocate monies from the federal Education Jobs Fund which is aimed at saving teacher's jobs.
Monterey County school districts could receive a total of more than $17 million, according to the Department of Education website, which lists how much school districts and charter schools can expect to receive.
The money can be used to hire new teachers or recall those who are laid-off.
Funds cannot be used for administrative expenses.
AB 185 gives the state the authority to tap two additional federal programs worth nearly $1 million to California schools.
A spokesman for the governor says Schwarzenegger is currently reviewing the bills. He would not say what the governor's position is or whether the bills could cost the state additional dollars.