2009-07-23 / Local & State

Rendell Can't Exclude 4 Pa. Colleges From Stimulus

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell can't exclude four state-related universities from an application for $42 million in federal stimulus funds.

That's according to the U.S. Department of Education. Glenn Thompson, a Republican congressman from central Pennsylvania, said Tuesday that education officials told him Rendell must reapply for the money and include the schools.

Rendell's application included 14 state colleges but not Temple, Penn State, Pitt or Lincoln universities. Those four are considered "state-related.''

Fourteen of the state's 19 members of Congress wrote to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan last week protesting Rendell's application.

The presidents of the four schools also sent letters of objection.

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