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Commissioner Smith disappointed with FEA's Race to the Top stance



EricJSmith Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith isn't thrilled with the Florida Education Association's decision to urge local teacher unions to boycott the state's Race to the Top application.

In a response to the FEA's open letter to him, Smith calls FEA president Andy Ford's position "disappointing" and says Florida's teachers and students are "well deserving of these grant dollars."

"We have shared months of meetings and hours of discussion regarding the various requirements outlined by our federal partners but our work is not yet complete," Smith wrote. "The development of Florida's application and the bold initiatives that would result should we receive grant dollars are now and would remain a collaborative process."

He holds out hope that the sides will be able to work together. Time will only tell.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:45am]


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