School Officials Lobby for Money in D.C.

More than 120 million dollars is on the line for the San Diego Unified School District.

Given that, two board members from the District are in Washington D.C. Tuesday hoping to convince the House and Senate to pass the stimulus package which includes money for education.

According to a news release from the District, "It's estimated that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR1) would bring San Diego Unified school District more than $120 million, with more than $40 million in Title I funds, $46 million for school renovation, $33 million for Special Education, and $1.6 million for MediCal reimbursements. An additional extension of the Impact Aid support for military families would result in $1.6 million annually."

Shelia Jackson and John Lee Evans are in D.C along with other board members from throughout California at the National School Board Association's Federal Relations Network Conference. They have met with members of the Senate and Congress and are  optimistic they are making an impact, according to Jackson. 

"The stimulus debt we incur today will have to be paid off by the students in our schools today. We owe it to them to provide the education and skills necessary to pay off this debt," said Jackson. 

She hopes this argument will move the House and Senate to make the right decision regarding education funding.

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