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More Education Money is On The Way

March 23rd, 2009 by flanews

The state is still waiting on word from Washington about whether or not Florida will get two billion dollars for education.

The money is part of the economic stimulus plan, but itís being held back as punishment for deep spending cuts to education. State spending on schools has fallen four billion dollars over the past two years. US Senator Bill Nelson met with House Democrats today in Tallahassee. Nelson said the state should know by the end of the week if itís getting the education money.

ďUnder the law that weíve passed, we put that safety valve, which is that the U.S Secretary of Education can waive that requirement. Now, is he going to waive it just straight out? I donít know. Is he going to put some kind of conditions on it? I donít know. But we ought to have that coming this week,Ē said Nelson.

If Florida gets the money, it will be used to renovate schools, update technology, and prevent teacher layoffs.

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