[caption id="attachment_89393" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Obama's jobs bill, which has important implications for schools, failed to attract the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate."][/caption]

Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama's jobs plan on Oct. 11, prompting Democratic leaders to begin laying plans to divide the $447 billion package into pieces they hope will be too politically popular to oppose.

Among those pieces are expected to be separate bills that would help schools hire more teachers and modernize their facilities, such as investing in high-tech science labs and faster...

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