About $44 billion in education stimulus funds have begun flowing to U.S. schools this week along with guidelines that allow districts more flexibility on how to spend the money, such as on construction, than many had anticipated. "It's critical the money go out quickly, but it's even more important this money be spent wisely," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He added, "This is a historic opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to lay the groundwork for a generation of education reforms."

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