Is Florida spending its migrant education funds properly?
Leaders of several Florida civil rights and non-profit organizations including LULAC, the NAACP and the United Chinese Association are demanding that Gov. Rick Scott prove that the state is following all the federal rules and guidelines for supporting migrant education.
They want to make sure that Florida, which has more than 50,000 children eligible for the program, isn't in the same boat as Indiana — where newly appointed education commissioner Tony Bennett comes from — and that it won't ever be,
Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Education reported that Indiana had failed to draw down any of its federal funds to support migrant students.
"Floridians expect the Florida Department of Education to comply with all the requirements, deadlines, and guidelines for expenditure of education dollars," the group wrote in its Dec. 21 letter, attached below. "Florida cannot afford to underutilize these ear-marked and available funds."
Stay tuned to see if an answer comes.