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Fairfax School Board Member Says Va. Budget Plan Holds Some Good News

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By Jonathan Wilson

Despite unprecedented funding cuts to public education included in the budget just approved by Virginia, state lawmakers and board members for Fairfax County Public Schools say there's some good news for their district.

Fairfax County School Board members passed a budget earlier this year that included 600 job cuts.

At the time, board members, such as budget chair Jane Strauss, warned parents and teachers that more cuts were possible depending on state funding.

Now that state lawmakers have reached a compromise budget, Strauss says there's a chance those additional cuts can be avoided.

"We are hoping that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this adventure because our parents don't want us to back up anymore," says Strauss.

State lawmakers officially unfroze the Local Composite Index funding, which nets Fairfax $61 million, and lessened the District's responsibility for paying into the teacher retirement fund.

Strauss says those moves could offset the plan by county leaders to give the school district $98 million less than board members requested.

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