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NC awarded $298 million for teacher jobs


Money is starting to flow from the Education Jobs Fund to the states. Under the Federal program, $10 billion will be awarded to states to save or create education jobs for the 2010-2011 school year.  According to reports, jobs funded under this program include those that provide educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.

North Carolina is set to receive $298 million from the education fund that Congress approved last month. Governor Beverly Perdue who submitted the application for funds on September 7, says “The money is crucial to her initiative aimed at boosting student performance and preparing students for higher education and careers in the 21st century.” LEAs will receive the funds through a population-based formula.

This award is good news for teachers including Gina Frutig, an elementary school teacher from Durham, N.C., who was among those who urged Congress to pass the Education Jobs Fund.

Other states that have received funds including Virginia, Maryland, and Vermont. The funds the states are receiving are in addition to the Race to the Top funds some states have also been awarded.

Liza Weidle is the NC Mom Congress delegate and author of "The Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years."