Schools Get $106 Billion in Stimulus
latimes.com — The massive federal economic stimulus package hammered out by Congress this week contains about $106 billion earmarked for education, an unprecedented expansion of federal spending into the nation's schools. The money would pay for, among other things, special education, school repair and retaining teachers who might otherwise be laid off. The House and the Senate passed competing versions of a massive federal plan to shore up the nation's economy in recent days, and as they tried to reach a compromise, education spending was one of the main sticking points. The compromise provides tens of billions less for education than an earlier House of Representatives plan, but more than the Senate version.