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US Education chief: jobs bill would save Kentucky teacher jobs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The country's top school administrator
says budget talks by a Congressional supercommittee are causing him some anxiety about what it could mean for federal education
spending.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of Kentucky
school officials Thursday that there's a good chance education
funding would take a "hit" if the deliberations don't go well.
The committee is looking to trim $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
Duncan said there are staunch education supporters on the
supercommittee, but there are a lot of politicians who say they
support it "but don't walk the walk."
Duncan made a pitch for President Obama's stalled jobs bill. He
says the legislation would send nearly $390 million to Kentucky to
rebuild school buildings and $406 million to prevent 6,100 teacher
layoffs over one school year.


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