Michigan schools would get a lifeline from Washington with a federal jobs bill expected to win Senate approval this week.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said the funding could prevent some teacher layoffs.
“We have a lot of teachers who are extremely worried about pink slips and whether there would be huge increases in class size. This couldn’t come at a better time for us,” Stabenow said.
“This particular bill would mean about $318 million going directly into Michigan schools to be able to keep teachers in the classroom and keep the resources available for out children in the coming year,” she said.
The legislation would also give states money to fund Medicaid.
Fiscal conservatives oppose the legislation over concerns it will add to the deficit and tie states’ hands on how to spend funds.
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