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August 20, 2010

“Much needed funds are on the way to help our schools keep teachers in the classrooms,” announced state Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). “The state has begun allocating its share of the recently enacted federal Education Jobs Funding.”

The purpose of the federal Education Jobs Fund is to provide school districts across the nation with funding to support early childhood, elementary or secondary education and related services.

“Wisconsin will receive $179 million in Federal Education Jobs Funding,” Vinehout said.  “Of that total, $6.6 million will be distributed among school districts in the 31st Senate District.”

School districts will be able to immediately use the funds to save education jobs.  “This funding is critical to providing our children with the best education possible,” said Vinehout.

“I’ve met with school administrators across the 31st Senate District and I understand the severe financial problems they face,” Vinehout said.  “As school districts struggle to do more with less, they have been forced to make significant cuts to educational programs and services.  These cuts threaten the ability of our students to achieve.”

Vinehout noted that if school districts do not utilize all of the federal funding in this school year, they may carry it over to the 2011-12 school year.  “Some districts were able to get through staffing issues this year,” Vinehout explained.  “However, they anticipate facing challenges next year and the federal dollars will be there to help address those challenges.”

“The Education Jobs Funds are just a temporary stop gap measure to support educational quality for our children,” Vinehout said.  “To help schools across the state survive we must take further steps toward more comprehensive school funding reform.”

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