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Welcome school relief

State Superintendent Tony Bennett sent word to Indiana school districts today that the governor has formally applied for federal assistance made available by the recently passed Education Jobs act.

Here's a list of the distribution, by district. It's arranged alphabetically by county. (warning: opens as a pdf) The money will be distributed using the current school funding formula.

As its name suggests, the act is intended to save jobs in education. But Bennett cautions in his letter that districts should consider reserving the funds for use after they learn what the General Assembly does with the next two-year budget.

That would seem to contradict Congress' intent for the money, but it's probably a wise move for Indiana schools. I suspect their financial outlook will grow dimmer in the next year.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at