8/11/2004

To resolve a 4-year-old lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the state's poorest children, California has agreed to spend up to $1 billion over the next several years to repair deteriorating facilities, update textbooks and hire qualified teachers in 2,400 low-performing schools. The ACLU hailed the proposal, which still must be approved by the court, as a historic decision ending decades of neglect.

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