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The Education Jobs Fund, which was signed into law by President Obama on August 10, 2010, required  the Recovery Transparency and Accountability Board  to provide oversight of the $10 billion appropriated by Congress. 

 The funding was provided to states for salaries and benefits, and to rehire, retain, or hire employees for the 2010-2011 school year.  These funds were specifically targeted at providing educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. 

The funds may not be used by the local school districts for administrative expenses, overhead, or other support services. However, states are allowed to retain up to two percent of the total award for administrative purposes. 

In order to receive funding, each state was required to submit an application signed by the Governor.


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