The government spent $9,184 per person last year. But the money was not distributed evenly among the 50 states.
The president says schools that prioritize his agenda will get the cash. State and education officials are wary, but they need the money desperately.
The president stepped in, saying he should have chosen different words in discussing the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., in an attempt to defuse the rapidly escalating situation.
Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination draws focus to the gains of minority and female judges nationwide.
Most hourly workers already earn more than the minimum, but some say the new rate of $7.25 an hour will be a modest boost to those earning the least.