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Wisconsin could land nearly $370M to upgrade schools


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The White House said Tuesday that Wisconsin could get almost $370 million to upgrade schools under its latest plan to jump start the economy.

The administration said the various renovations and repairs to public schools and technical colleges could add up to 4,800 jobs. Much of the work would involve new technology for classrooms and computer labs.

The White House issued state by state funding estimates as part of its effort to sell the economic package to the people and their congressional representatives.

The Milwaukee Public Schools could get almost half the state’s funding allotment – about $169 million to improve some of its 175 school buildings.

The White House said community colleges in the state could receive up to $80 million for various infrastructure improvements.

President Obama asked Congress last week to spend up to $450 billion in work programs and Social Security tax breaks.

States would have to allocate the school funding by September of next year.