Philly educators: Jobs bill will help schools, too

October 17, 2011 12:51:39 PM PDT
Education advocates in Philadelphia are pointing to infrastructure problems at a 97-year-old high school as an example of why Congress should pass major jobs legislation.

Pennsylvania would receive $944 million in school modernization funds as part of President Barack Obama's jobs bill. Philadelphia could get more than $395 million of that money.

Furness High School in south Philadelphia suffers chronic water leaks that damage the ceilings and walls. Officials say it's one of many schools badly in need of renovation.

However, Obama's $447 billion jobs package was defeated in the Senate last week. Lawmakers are now considering its components separately.

Monday's news conference at Furness comes one day before Vice President Joe Biden travels to Goode Elementary School in York to highlight the bill's extra funding for teaching jobs.

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