February 22, 2010

Sacramento area using federal stimulus funds to pay teachers

Nearly $300 million has poured into five Sacramento-area districts since President Barack Obama authorized $100 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the nation's schools last year. Federal officials knew that districts strapped for funds because of declining state aid would use some of the stimulus money to plug budget gaps. But they'd hoped the money also would be used to start new programs that are innovative and reform education. However, an analysis by the Sacramento Bee finds that most local districts used their federal stimulus money to pay for keeping teachers and basic programs.

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