Stimulus Dollars To Be Released For Schools

WASHINGTON — States are getting the first round of school dollars from the economic stimulus law this week.

The Obama administration is making available half of the dollars for federal programs that fund kindergarten through 12th grade and special education.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan also will provide applications for states to get money from a special fund to stabilize state and local budgets.

President Barack Obama says the stimulus will save teachers’ jobs, although there is no estimate of how many jobs will be rescued.

Loopholes created by Congress could let states and school districts spend the money on other things, such as playground equipment or new construction.