Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.What does this mean for Loudoun? That depends in some part on the actions of our state government and legislature.
According to information I received this morning, "The preliminary funding allocation for Virginia, pending final verification, is estimated at $249.5 million." Virginia may set aside up to $5 million of that as an administrative set aside. Within Virginia, the funds must be distributed either according to the standard formula used to distribute state education funds to local districts (the Local Composite Index) or according to how much Title 1A federal funding each district gets, which is based on their concentration of low-income families. I'm going out on a limb a bit to guess that Loudoun would get more money under the LCI formula than the Title 1 formula.
The money may be used for salaries, benefits and support services necessary to retain existing employees, rehire former employees or hire new employees. They may not be used for administrative expenses or non-educational services.
In order to receive these funds, the School Board will need to revise its current-year budget and seek appropriation from the Board of Supervisors of the federal funds.
There are still other details to be determined by the US Department of Education, but those are the basics.