Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools, target building repair and construction

Associated Press

The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children. That includes millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings.

The request is $150 million more than allocated in this year's budget. About $58 million in new funding is targeted for school construction and $18 million in new funding for repairs.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says it's hard not to feel sad or angry when she looks at the school facilities.

The 183 federally run schools are some of the nation's worst performing and many have shoddy buildings.

The administration is pushing ahead with a plan to improve them.