Federal legislation would provide $23 billion for education

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would allocate $23 billion for education jobs. The funds would come from the Troubled Asset Relief Program created to bail out the banking industry, and they could be used for teacher and staff compensation and benefits as well as for school facility costs. "All across this country, as the test scores are getting better and as proficiency is getting better among fourth-graders and eighth-graders ... this recession could wreck it all," one lawmaker said in support of the bill.

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