$249M plan to save thousands of teaching jobs in Va.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that Virginia will receive $249 million in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Education to save an estimated 3,800 education jobs.

"These federal funds will help keep teachers in classrooms across the state, so that students can continue to gain the critical skills they need to graduate and find good jobs," said Webb.

"An educated, competitive workforce will be one of the key factors in our ability to emerge from this challenging economy," Senator Warner said.  "This funding has helped support almost 4,000 teaching jobs in Virginia's public schools, allowing localities to retain, recall or rehire teachers and other instructional personnel."

The Education Jobs Fund program, adopted by Congress and approved by the President in August, will provide a combined $10 billion in assistance to states to save or create education jobs for the current school year. Jobs funded under this program include those that provide educational and related services for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education.

To find out more about the funding, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website.