Orange County is a White House poster child for the school renovation money tucked into president Barack Obama’s jobs bill.
The White House notes that Orange County schools would receive $169.6 million to repair and modernize schools and another $13.2 million to pay for deferred maintenance.
The bill would send a total of $3 billion to Florida, supporting an estimated 16,600 jobs.
“Our children only get one shot at a good education,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. “They deserve better than crumbling school buildings and half-century-old science labs…The Act will provide billions for school modernization, which will help give our children the world-class education they deserve.”
The U.S. Senate voted to kill the American Jobs Act earlier this week despite Obama pushing its passage for weeks.