Crist to feds: Please give us the stimulus money, quick
Gov. Charlie Crist is wasting no time in asking the federal government to start the process of giving Florida a waiver so its schools can get their share (up to $5.1 billion) of the $789 billion stimulus package.
On Saturday, his office sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, asking for "expediency in setting the parameters under which states would qualify for a waiver as permitted in this legislation."
"I am gratified by the prospect of these federal funds which will complement our state funding priorities as we approach our upcoming Legislative session,' Crist wrote. The session begins March 3.
Crist added, "Florida's investment in education funding has yielded positive results and recognition, including Education Weekly's ranking Florida 10th in the nation. These dollars will allow us to continue providing a quality education for Florida’s 3.2 million K-20 students."
- Ron Matus, state education reporter