Almost $4 Billion for Education

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TAMPA (2009-02-19) -

In an attempt to prevent teacher layoffs and the elimination of programs, the federal Department of Education plans an "aggressive" timetable to distribute more than $100 billion in stimulus funds to the states.

And, it looks as if Florida will get a big chunk of the money. Preliminary estimates show that Florida will receive close to $4 billion for education.

The funding will be used for upgrading technology, vocational rehabilitation programs and school modernization among other things.

More than $450 million will go to Florida's Title I schools - those serving primarily low-income families. It's estimated Hillsborough Schools will receive roughly $35 million, Pinellas $21 million and Polk more than $18 million in additional Title I funding.

The US department of education says within a week it will publish a timetable for distributing the money.

The state by state breakdown of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is available on the department's web site.

To link to the DOE's allocation tables, click here.

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