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San Francisco school kids may or may not be happy about Tuesday’s news – but teachers probably will be.

A federal stimulus passed by U.S. Congress on Tuesday will mean an unexpected cash infusion for school districts across the country, including San Francisco’s.

San Francisco Unified School District is facing its first major budget cuts since the recession started this year, with a $113 million budget hole. In order to shrink that hole, the school district has laid off close to 300 teachers and aides, and shortened the school year by four days.

After the U.S. Senate passed the bill last week, Superintendent Carlos Garcia said the district would first look into lengthening the school year back to its norm – which means a raise for teachers, but also a few more days in the cafeteria line for children.

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