CHICAGO (AP) -- Education officials say Illinois schools will get $1.4 billion this week, the first chunk of approximately $3 billion in federal stimulus money coming to the state's public schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the $1.4 billion was approved Monday.
He says Illinois is among the first three states getting the funds designated for saving teaching jobs and education reform. California and South Dakota were also approved.
The $1.4 billion is part of the $3 billion total in stimulus money Illinois will get over the next several years. The funds are to be used for programs and backlogged bills.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says the money ensures there won't be budget cuts for schools. She says the money should be available by week's end.
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