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Federal Stimulus Money Trickles Down To Schools in Tri-Cities

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Governor Christine Gregoire announced Washington got $672 million in federal stimulus money.

They're hoping this would help off set K-12 education cuts made recently. While this may seem like a big number, all the money has to be split between 295 school districts.

Administrators at the Richland School District say for them it means more money coming to Special Education programs and Title 1.

But money they've already lost from Initiative-728, to keep smaller class sizes, won't be replaced.

"We don't think the federal amount will come anywhere close to equaling what was cut at the state level," said Erich Bolz, Executive Director of Special Programs, for the Richland School District.

Gregroire also says the state can apply for an extra $331 million in the Fall. But administrators in Richland say that money will be very competitive, and could only be split between 8 and 12 states.

In Richland the federal money will help with hiring five more teachers in Special Ed., and help save a number of other jobs.