Public Schools Receive Dollars Through Fund

May 12, 2011

Weatherford Democrat

Sally Sexton

Texas public schools may find a little breathing room after the announcement from State Rep. Phil King that the allocation of federal education dollars has been made available to schools, netting district schools in Parker and Wise counties a total of $8 million.

“This money will help save the jobs of teachers and classroom staff during these hard economic times,” King stated in a release. “It is crucial that during this difficult time, we focus on keeping money in the classroom to support the teachers who work so hard for our children and the future of Texas.”

Weatherford ISD alone will receive $1.2 million in funds, which may not be used for central office employees, administrative expenses or construction.

The money comes from the Education Jobs Fund, a new federal program that provides $10 billion in assistance to states to save or create education jobs for the 2010-11 school year. Jobs funded under this program include service providers for childhood, elementary and secondary education.