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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Va. House restores some school funds for Northern Virginia

The House of Delegates voted this week to add $24 million to its proposed budget to help Northern Virginia schools attract staff in that expensive job market.

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell cut cost-of-competing funds for schools, which the House partially restored. (MANDEL NGAN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan included the so-called cost-of-competing funds normally provided to Northern Virginia school districts to help them woo teachers in the costly region. But he did not provide those funds for non-teaching staff, which would cost Northern Virginia schools a total of $65 million over two years.

In the budget plan it approved Sunday, the state House Appropriations Committee did not include the funds either. But the full House voted Thursday to restore $24 million of that money.

The Senate Finance Committee had agreed to restore $42 million. But that chamber, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, failed to pass its budget Thursday.

By  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/24/2012

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