Federal funds coming to state’s schools

OLYMPIA – The state is receiving $672 million in federal stimulus money that state officials said will help offset budget cuts in the K-12 education system.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Wednesday that the money was now available, and that the state would be able to apply for an additional $331 million in the fall.

Gregoire said the money will help reduce class sizes in grades K-4 and provide additional training for educators, among other things. Higher education will receive some of the stimulus money.

Also Wednesday, the state received more than $68 million in stimulus money for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment and watershed and estuary management.