Official: SC may not be eligible for stimulus cash

Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina may not be eligible for $143 million in federal money it had expected to get from a jobs bill approved by Congress.

Education Department spokesman Jim Foster said Tuesday the department hopes to get clarification on the matter later this week. Rep. James Clyburn's office says the South Carolina Democrat is looking into the problem as well.

Foster says South Carolina may not qualify because of new language placed in the legislation on federal education assistance that requires states to maintain a sufficient amount of funding for higher education.

The federal money was going to be used to stave off layoffs among South Carolina's teachers. Last year, South Carolina schools cut 2,200 jobs, including 1,400 teachers.

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