JACKSON — Mississippi has received approval of its application for $97.8 million in federal stimulus money for its schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement in a news release. Mississippi was one of seven states and the District of Columbia to receive application approval.
Gov. Haley Barbour applied for the money last week. The $97.8 million is Mississippi’s share of education funding from a $26.1-billion jobs package recently passed by Congress.
Barbour sent a letter to school superintendents reminding them the federal money can only be used to hire or rehire employees.