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Florida gets its waiver

Florida lawmakers crossed their fingers and hoped for the best when they built next year's education budget on $2 billion in federal funds the state had yet to qualify for.

Just moments ago, Gov. Crist announced that their plans have come to fruition -- the feds approved the state's waiver application to qualify for education stabilization funds:

"On behalf of Florida's students, I am deeply grateful to the United States Department of Education for granting Florida the long-awaited waiver for education stimulus dollars. Commissioner Eric Smith and Don Winstead, Special Advisor for the implementation of the federal recovery dollars, have worked tirelessly to secure these much-needed funds for Florida's schools, teachers and students, and I am tremendously appreciative for their efforts.

"I also commend the Florida Legislature for having the foresight to incorporate these funds into the budget. These dollars will ensure that Florida's schools and teachers have the resources they need to continue providing a world-class education to Florida's children and young people."

Of course, this is one-time funding, and things like teacher salaries will continue long after the money is gone. So the pain may be only delayed rather than denied. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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