Guam – Guam will receive $20 million dollars of federal money to support education jobs. On Tuesday, the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Guam was approved for the national education jobs fund.
This money stems from President Obama Spending Bill, that was signed into law in August, to protect 160,000 teachers’ jobs nation wide. This $10 billion Education job fund will be applied to 2011 school year. According to BBMR Director Bertha Duenas, the governor applied for the Job Funds on September 9th and received notification today. Duenas says the use of this money will help both GDOE and GovGuam.
Duenas says “The availablity of this grant came timely because they were struggling to balance the budget. They saw this as a source to augment the needs of GDOE for the 2011 school year to support GDOE personnel needs. Duenas also wants to point out that this is not unique to Guam, these funds are being distributed to states and territories by a formula based on population figures.