Florida to ask U.S. for up to $1 billion for schools
BY HANNAH SAMPSON
A couple hundred million ain't bad, but why not go for a billion?
Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith on Wednesday said it looks like the state could end up asking the federal government for $1 billion in grant money earmarked for education.
``We are excited by what this means to the state, what it means to our children and what it means to our educators,'' Smith said in a call with reporters.
That amount would be nearly a quarter of the entire budget for Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion initiative that seeks to solve some of the most persistent problems in education by pouring money into innovative reforms.