SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday (Sept. 9) sent a letter to legislative leaders requesting that they immediately send Senate Bill 847 to his desk, which will allow for the allocation of the federal Education Jobs funding to schools districts to use to re-hire or retain teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians and other school-related personnel.

Additionally, the Governor sent a letter requesting Assembly Bill 185 which will allow the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds intended to turn around low-performing schools and the remaining State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) Recovery Act funding to be allocated to districts. With the state legislature unable to pass a budget, these measures are necessary to immediately distribute this crucial funding to California’s schools.

“Under the Governor’s leadership, California was the first state in the nation to submit the Education Jobs funding application to the U.S. Department of Education so that this funding would reach our schools quickly,” said California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss. “Since being elected, the Governor has fought to ensure that California receives its fair share of federal dollars, and is pleased that these federal funds will be used to support California’s children in the classroom.”