School Funding 

Maine Education Commissioner Susan Gendron is telling school superintendents that new federal legislation should allow the state to restore $27,000,000 in school aid that was cut last month.Gendron said that the state has not received definitive spreadsheets from the U.S. Department of Education, but once they do, Governor Baldacci will issue a financial order to restore funding cut from schools.A $787 billion bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama includes $44.5 billion in aid to local school districts nationally to prevent layoffs and cutbacks, with flexibility to use the funds for school modernization and repair: $25.2 billion to school districts to fund special education and the No Child Left Behind law for students in K-12: $15.6 billion to boost the maximum Pell Grant by $500 to $5,350: and $2 billion for Head Start.