Race to the Top funds could be used to help avoid teacher layoffs

A federal lawmaker has proposed a plan to take $500 million in Race to the Top money and spend it on saving teachers' jobs -- a change opposed by Department of Education officials. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., also proposed that $200 million be transferred from a fund that provides pay-for-performance stipends for teachers, and that another $100 million be taken from a fund that pays for new charter schools. Lawmakers are considering the funding moves to help cover the $10 billion they say is needed to prevent widespread layoffs.

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