Calif. asks feds for nearly $5B for education

SACRAMENTO (AP) The governor signed the state's application Thursday.

Schwarzenegger says he hopes the money will avoid further teacher layoffs and help schools that are struggling to absorb $8 billion in budget cuts.

About 26,000 California teachers were handed pink slips this spring after Schwarzenegger signed a state budget that made massive cuts to state programs and raised taxes to boost revenue.

The governor's office estimates schools could get about $3.1 billion after the application is approved, with another $1.8 billion to follow. Most of the money will go to K-12 schools, with about a fifth of the total dedicated for higher education.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

      MORE POLITICS NEWS | TWEET@ABC30 | FREE ABC30 WIDGET
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
Breaking News E-Mail Alerts | Text Message Alerts
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
More News on abc30.com
Local California/State | National/World | Weather | Entertainment | Business | | Sports | Health Watch | Consumer Watch | Mr. Food |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright © 2021 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.