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Some stimulus money, waiver application, on way to Florida



EricJSmith A big chunk of the federal stimulus money is on its way to Florida schools, with the money for Title I (high poverty schools) and IDEA (special education) set to arrive within two to three weeks, Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith told superintendents in a conference call this morning.

Over two years, the stimulus is sending $458 million for Title I in Florida and $627 million for IDEA. You can find the estimated district-by-district numbers here and here.

Meanwhile, the state expects to receive a waiver application for the $2.2 billion stabilization portion of the stimulus somewhere around the end of the month, Smith said. That’s the money Gov. Crist wants to incorporate into next year’s budget to shrink the size of the state’s massive revenue shortfall.

“We have been working very closely with others here in Tallahassee and we’ll be ready to respond to the application very promptly,” Smith said.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:18am]


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