Feds say Calif. will get $1.2B for education jobs

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal education officials say California will receive $1.2 billion to support its public schools from the emergency jobs bill President Obama signed earlier this month.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday the money "will help California keep thousands of teachers in the classroom working with our students this school year."

Duncan commended California for being the first state to submit its application to receive its share of the $10 billion federal education fund, which is intended to help K-12 schools during the coming academic year.

The $1.2 billion is enough to save or create an estimated 16,500 education jobs in California.

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