Governor Schwarzenegger asks for federal stimulus money for education

Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.

Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.

Frank Stoltze: Public schools across the state have sent out preliminary layoff notices to 26,000 teachers to address $8 billion in state budget cuts. Governor Schwarzenegger hopes that federal stimulus money will keep some teachers working.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: Education took a major hit. And I think because of that, teachers had to be laid off. So I think that this money will help us to not have to lay off as many teachers. It will also go into the classroom.

Stoltze: The governor says public schools could get about $3 billion within weeks – if the federal government approves the state’s application. He estimates another $2 billion would come later. Most of the money would go to Kindergarten through 12th grade schools. One-fifth would go to higher education.

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