Alabama will receive about $1 billion in education funding from the federal stimulus bill, which will help the state stave off the worst effects of proration. About $600 million, the bulk of the federal government's education stimulus funding for Alabama, will come in the form of a state fiscal stabilization fund, the Dothan Eagle reports. This money will be awarded to local school districts and public colleges and universities. Jim Wrye, a spokesman for the Alabama Education Association, said this money will help school systems avoid draconian layoffs they had been anticipating in May as a result of across-the-board cuts...

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