The funding estimate appeared in a report released late last week by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. The legislation that includes the funds, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, and it must pass the House and the Senate before being signed into law by the President.
“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of $70,000 to our local schools,” said Congressman Cuellar.
The money would be distributed through existing funding mechanisms, including formula funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title I, as well as through competitive grant programs. Also included is the first-ever direct federal investment in local school construction, provided through a major federal bond program.
Congressman Cuellar added, “Not only will this investment create jobs today, but it will resonate for years to come as McMullen County kids grow up into better-educated, happier adults.”