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Va. to Get $249 Million for Public Education Under New Jobs Law

August 12, 2010

Virginia is expected to get $249.5 million for public education under a new federal law intended to help states avert layoffs, and school divisions are waiting to hear how much they'll receive.

The U.S. Department of Education says the funding aims to save 3,800 Virginia school employee jobs. It's part of a law enacted Tuesday that will provide $10 billion to help states cover funding for K-12 jobs and $16 billion for Medicaid costs.

States can distribute the education funds the same way they allocate direct aid to school divisions, or they can do so based on districts' proportional share of federal Title I grants, which target schools with high concentrations of low-income students.

A spokeswoman says Gov. Bob McDonnell was reviewing the legislation Wednesday to determine Virginia's distribution method.

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