Stimulus money gives the new administration "credibility" with the public and with educators, many of whom have criticized Congress for not providing enough funding for the law, the education chairman said.


The bill would provide about $100 billion for education programs.


The new U.S. Secretary of Education, who is still putting together his team, has been handed unprecedented resources, and an unprecedented management challenge.


Duncan singled this lobbying quintet out for their work on stimulus-related issues in a conference call to about 500 people from education organizations.


The state stabilization fund must first be used by states to backfill any cuts they have made to both K-12 and higher education.


School districts looking for a big pot of money from which to draw for their construction projects will probably be disappointed.


The $53.6 billion state fiscal stabilization fund could be used for school renovations.


Still being sorted out is exactly how much money is going to school modernization and state budget stabilization funds.


Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told reporters that a deal in the works would restore at least some of the funding cut from the Senate bill for school repair and modernization.


School construction funds and increased education aid to states were still in play as congressional negotiators worked on a compromise for the economic stimulus bill.


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