A $450 billion jobs plan unveiled by President Barack Obama before a joint session of Congress on Thursday would allocate up to $25 billion to modernize about 35,000 K-12 schools, including spending on new technology, high-tech science labs and high-speed Internet access. Obama proposed spending $60 billion total on education, about half of which to help prevent educator layoffs over two years. Another $5 billion would go to community college facilities. The plan, however, faces an uphill battle to win approval amid a divisive political climate.

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