Want to see how much your local school district could get from the federal jobs bill meant to spare teachers? Check out these tables just posted by the California Department of Education. (Click on Schedule of Preliminary Entitlements. It sounds scintillating, I know.)
San Diego Unified, the largest local school district, is slated to get more than $21 million in funding; Sweetwater schools could get $8.8 million and Poway Unified is up for $6.3 million.
While California legislators voted to disburse the $1.2 billion in funding to schools statewide, the move is still waiting on a signature from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A press release from State Superintendent Jack O’Connell says:
“Districts need to know how much they can expect from the Education Jobs Fund so they can meet their students’ educational needs by hiring or protecting jobs for teacher, nurses, counselors, paraeducators, and other important school personnel,” O’Connell said. “As soon as the Governor signs this bill into law, we can start the process of distributing the funds to schools.” …
The funding is designed to save jobs in California schools by retaining, recalling, or rehiring former employees and to hire new employees to provide early childhood, elementary, or secondary educational services. Districts that shortened their school year can also use the funds to add back days to the school year calendar. Funds may not be used for general administrative expenses.
— EMILY ALPERT