Educators across the country are counting on a federal stimulus windfall to prevent teacher layoffs and improve schools. But while Washington is giving, some state and local governments are taking away, reports the Washington Post. After hearing that an initial batch of $11.8 million in federal funds would soon arrive in Loudoun County, Va., supervisors slashed $7.3 million from the schools budget. They also made clear that if more federal recovery money flows to schools, schools might be asked to give back an equal amount of county dollars. The Obama administration has heralded the stimulus--which funnels an unprecedented $100 billion

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