More specific information from the Christian Science Monitor about what the allegedly final stimulus package contains: Local school districts get to divvy up $40 billion for paying teachers and school upgrades. But importantly for preservation and in contrast to Pres. Obama’s statements about needing “new” schools, the emphasis on new construction in the final bill seems to have been removed:
Even though the final bill zeroed out funding for school construction as a specific line item, “there’s so much latitude connected with modernizing, renovating, and repairing schools – and so many projects in every school district in the country – that this will help tremendously,” says Robert Canavans, chairman of Rebuild America’s Schools.
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