Politics & Government

$208 million on way for state education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Washington state will be getting $208 million to help pay teacher salaries.

The money is targeted toward saving educator jobs during the 2010-11 school year, but the federal government is giving the states flexibility in how they use the money.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said the money will be distributed to Washington school districts using the same formula other education dollars are sent out. It will pay for classroom teachers, as well as paraeducators, school counselors and school librarians.

The federal government announced the grant to Washington less than a week after the state sent in its application.