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Fairfax school system picks up state cash for teacher training

Funding will go to support those with no previous classroom experience

Local jurisdictions will receive some cash from the state government to support brand-new teachers.

The Virginia Department of Education has announced funding for the current fiscal year for the Mentor Teacher Program, which provides resources for educators with zero previous experience entering the teaching ranks.

Fairfax County will receive $137,782 under the program (highest statewide), with Arlington garnering $14,874.

The program was initiated by state officials in 2021; those jurisdictions taking the cash have to abide by 23 pages of guidelines but have some flexibility in implementing mentor programs.

Among other jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, Prince William County received $94,926, Loudoun County $20,418, Alexandria $5,122 and Falls Church $926.