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Fairfax official: County can’t afford schools’ requested transfer

Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin outlined a proposed $6.7 billion budget Tuesday that would leave the public school system with some tough spending decisions, my colleague Fredrick Kunkle reports.

The schools have asked the county to transfer $2.45 billion, an increase of 8.4 percent (or $136 million) over last year. Griffin’s plan would cut that increase to 4.5 percent.

The county simply can’t afford more, he said.

The schools’ initial request was enough to add hundreds of positions to keep up with enrollment growth, give teachers a raise and reestablish summer school programs, among other things.

County supervisors will use Griffin’s proposal as a jumping-off point, but will undoubtedly make changes in coming weeks.

Visit the Virginia Politics blog for more details.

Emma Brown writes about national education and about people with a stake in schools, including teachers, parents and kids.

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