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Maine Wins $52 Million in Stimulus Funds for Education
06/29/2010 11:27 AM ET  

The money will support teachers' jobs and education programs, and save local taxpayers money, say Maine's two congressional representatives, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud.

Maine's two Democratic Congressional representatives say Maine is getting more than $52 million in additional Recovery Act funds to maintain its education programs. First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the money is aimed at sparing programs and teachers' jobs, as well as saving local taxpayers money.

"As our economy continues to struggle, these funds will immediately help our towns by preventing more job cuts and helping stabilizing local budgets," Pingree says in a statement.

Pingree says Maine became eligible for the funds after filing an application that showed how low-performing schools plan to improve, provided data on teacher and principal evaluations, and demonstrated how local schools are tracking academic progress.

Maine 2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud says the state has received nearly $349 million through the Recovery Act. He says the funding has supported more than 350 education jobs as well as education reform programs.



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