The Obama administration has released $44 billion to states in the first round of school dollars from the economic stimulus package, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.

Duncan made the announcement April 1 at Doswell Brooks Elementary School in the Maryland suburbs, just outside of Washington, D.C. He also warned that states that don't spend the money wisely to improve teaching and learning risk forfeiting future stimulus dollars.

"It's critical the money go out quickly, but it's even more important this money be spent wisely," Duncan told a group of kids, teachers, and state and local leaders in the school library.

The school has


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