Crist reinstates $270 million for Florida Forever program, Atwater says cost could equal 800 teachers or 1,100 highway patrol officers., New node
Merit pay for teachers spared
Cuts to Department of Corrections vetoed, Amounts to jobs for 88 correction officers
Florida also is still fighting for about $2.7 billion in education funding in the stimulus package. To qualify for the money, states must fund schools at least at the level they did in the 2005-06 school year. Florida"s state funding is now below that level. However, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan could waive that provision for states that have had serious revenue declines, as Florida has. Crist has already asked him to do just that, although it"s uncertain when that decision gets made.