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Fairfax School Board Likely To Ask County For More Money

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By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, school board members in Fairfax County say they're unlikely to increase class size in the district for the third year in a row, a reversal of the superintendent's budget proposal.

Fairfax's public school district is facing a $176 million budget shortfall and increasing average class size would save $17 million.

Board Vice Chair Tessie Wilson says another class size increase would be horrible for the district and the board is likely to ask for more money from county leaders to avoid one.

But Wilson says decisions made by the school board now could still be rendered meaningless by the end of the Spring.

"We could have a decrease in state funding, so that anything that is added in now is not a given," says Wilson. "It may come out."

Fairfax's school board votes on the budget this Thursday.

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