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Fed funds possible for Meskwaki School, Iowa Valley

December 16, 2009
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - WASHINGTON, D.C. (SPECIAL) – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, has announced that he has secured $9,415,000 million for vital education and health care initiatives across Central Iowa in the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

The funding is included in an omnibus Appropriations bill that was agreed to by a Senate-House conference committee. It will have to pass both chambers of Congress before it is signed into law by the President.

Among projects to receive the federal money, if approved are:

• Meskwaki Settlement school, Tama,: $500,000 to purchase and customize tribal language technologies, culturally specific text books, software, and instructional technologies to better prepare Native American students for college and the workforce.

• Iowa Valley community college District, Marshalltown: $165,000, for purchase of equipment and $400,000 to assist in equipping the Ellsworth Community College's new Agriculture and Renewable Energy Center.

In addition to these regional projects, Harkin’s bill also provides over $12.4 million for initiatives that benefit the state as a whole, including $7 million for the Harkin School Grants program, which helps Iowa schools construct, repair and modernize facilities.

“The funding in this bill makes important, strategic investments in our state’s future,” Senator Harkin said. “It creates opportunities in educational advancement and job training, makes investments in medical research that will change lives and promotes initiatives that keep Iowans healthy and active. The programs supported by this bill will allow our communities to thrive.”



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