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State Superintendent lobbying for money to avoid layoffs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin education leaders are lobbying Congress to approve $23 billion in aid to help states avoid teacher layoffs.

Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers says he sent letters to Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold earlier this week asking for their support of the bill that would bring $415 million to Wisconsin.

Evers said during a conference call Tuesday that without the money thousands of teachers could be laid off by cash-strapped school districts. He says the state's schools are in a desperate situation.

Evers says he contacted all superintendents in the state asking them to lobby Congress to pass the bill.

Wisconsin PTA President Roxanne Starks says she's also mobilizing members across the state to urge action on the proposal.

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