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Florida schools keep waiting for state recognition funds



Many Florida schools rushed to meet a Feb. 1 deadline to detail how they might spend their share of $135 million in school recognition funds for 2014-15.

The school grades the funding is based upon came out nearly two months ago. But schools have yet to see any money, which usually goes toward employee bonuses.

Its arrival is coming soon, Florida Department of Education officials said. But it can't precede the formal approval of the school grades, which hasn't happened.

Once the department released the grades in February, schools had 30 days to appeal the results. The department then had another 30 days time to review the appeals and make recommendations to the commissioner.

That process is almost complete. Then, the state must formalize the grades, and allocate the money to schools. So if you're waiting for that bonus check to arrive, you have to hold on a bit longer.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:07am]


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