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Obama's jobs plan includes money for Ohio schools
The American Jobs Act provides for Ohio schools in need of renovations

Valerie Brown
President Obama’s new American Jobs Act gives four Ohio school districts more than 350 million dollars. And the Cleveland Municipal School District gets a third of that money to use for building renovations and maintenance.

Senator Sherrod Brown says, under the bill, Ohio is eligible for up to a billion dollars in federal funding. The four Ohio districts to receive funds were chosen based on the number of children in poverty. Three hundred fifty million dollars is reserved for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo schools, and the rest will be allocated by the state.

Brown says the bill could save each facility $100,000 a year in maintenance costs.

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Brown says maintenance costs $270 million each year nationwide, and the average public school building is about 40 years old.

The provision appears in the Fix America’s Schools Today—or “FAST”—act written by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. The FAST Act is part of the President’s larger jobs recovery package. 

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