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Local schools to benefit from stimulus package

Southern Tier schools will receive an additional $24 million in Special Education/IDEA funding and $13 million in Title I grants for a total of $38 million in direct school aid.

Western New York schools will receive an additional $58 million in Special Education/IDEA funding and $44 million in Title I grants for a total of $102 million in direct school aid.

Stabilization Fund

Schumer said that in addition to direct-to-school-aid, New York State will receive an additional $3 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds for additional assistance for local school districts and other high-priority needs. This additional funding is designed to reverse cuts in state education aid and prevent cuts in other vital services and needs such as public safety.

Schumer pushed for a robust amount of funding to go directly to Upstate New York school districts to give them an additional boost. He also pushed to ensure that the state received billions in additional funding to close the state's education budget gaps.

The economic recovery package was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17. Schumer said that the money will start flowing very quickly to the states, noting that Obama recently released millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.

For more information about how your local school is affected, check out next week's state budget special section in your local Eagle Publication.

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