Schools Should get Stimulus Money Soon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State Superintendent Sandy Garrett has told
local school superintendents that their districts should soon begin
receiving money from the federal economic stimulus package.

Oklahoma schools have been allotted $287 million from the stimulus bill and Garrett says she's been told half of that money will be available to schools by the end of March.

The money is intended to be used for special education and Title I programs, which are designed to improve the achievement of students considered to be disadvantaged.

Garrett says districts will be able to use the first half of the money on existing programs, which should be listed on applications that districts submitted to the state Education Department last October.

She says the other half of the money will go toward new programs. District must turn in their plans for that money by the summer.


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