Duncan: Ready to work with Florida on getting the education stabilization funds
If Florida wants its share of education stabilization funds from the federal stimulus plan, it has a simple task ahead.
It must prove in its waiver application that its cuts to education since 2006 were proportional to the cuts it made to other government services. The state has to qualify for the waiver because it has not maintained its funding effort during that period.
"If they can demonstrate that education hasn't been cut more than other areas, they'll be in good shape," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said during a news conference about the stimulus funding.
Florida is to receive the application today, and state officials plan to submit it by the end of the week.
"We look forward to getting their application and turning around an answer very very quick," Duncan said. "We recognize the real sense of urgency in Florida and our staff is poised to work very, very quickly." Read more on The Gradebook blog.