Source: The Gradebook | Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt* by Jeff Solochek
Acknowledging growing budget pressures that states face, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced the release of an added $2.7 billion in stimulus funds for states to spend on schools around the country. Florida's share: $162,179,566. (Want to know what each state will get? See the DOE's distribution spreadsheet.) "This money, which represents the final third of the government services fund, provides maximum flexibility for states to save jobs and drive reform," Duncan said in a news release. Back in May, Florida received $1.8 billion in federal funds for education after a lengthy debate over whether the state qualified for a waiver to get the money. School districts already have begun spending the money, in many cases protecting jobs that otherwise would have been eliminated.