Counting on that stimulus money? The application is in the mail
While the Florida Senate is building its education budget with expectations of money from the federal stimulus plan, the Florida Department of Education still is waiting for the application to seek a waiver from some of the rules.
Commissioner Eric J. Smith said today that he expects the forms to arrive tomorrow, and to have them completed by the end of the week.
"The feds told us it should be a two-week turnaround," FDOE spokeswoman Kelsey Lehtomaa told the Gradebook.
Even if the state succeeds in snagging the money, many superintendents say it won't be enough to cover the expected gaps in their budgets.
They're no longer fretting about 20 percent cuts, as both the Senate and House have tried to maintain education funding at current levels. But they're still prepping to slash about 10 percent from their spending plans. Stay tuned.