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Officials undecided on how to distribute $179 million from federal Education Jobs bill

September 09, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

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State officials have not yet decided how to distribute almost $179 million the state expects to receive from the federal Education Jobs bill, but the expectation is that each local public school system will receive a share, according to the governor's press secretary.

T. Scott Miller, the Washington County Teachers Association's chief negotiator, has said the school board could use $11.2 million in its general fund balance and $4 million in federal stimulus funding to cover expenses in the union's latest offer. The union and Washington County Public Schools are at an impasse in renegotiating the last year of the union's three-year deal.

Shaun Adamec, press secretary for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, said in an e-mail Thursday that the state could get $178,929,680 in Education Jobs bill money, according to the U.S. Department of Education's projections.

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The state's deadline to apply for the money was Thursday, and the state did apply, Adamec wrote.

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