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CFO Sink Calls for Better Coordination for "Race to the Top" Round Two

3/30/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2010
CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842

CFO SINK CALLS FOR BETTER COORDINATION WITH LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, TEACHERS AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS “RACE TO THE TOP” HEADS TO SECOND ROUND

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today called for a stronger commitment from the Florida Department of Education to working collaboratively with Florida’s school boards, superintendents and teachers as Florida applies for the 2nd Round of “Race to the Top” education grants, in order to put Florida in a better position to receive this important funding.

During the grant process earlier this year, CFO Sink brought together Florida’s Department of Education Commissioner Eric Smith, representatives from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, Florida School Boards Association and Florida’s teachers to encourage collaboration prior to the application deadline.  Unfortunately, the Department of Education was not willing to incorporate expressed concerns of all three parties as the initial grant process moved forward.

“The best decisions for our students and schools should be made at a local level, which is why I was disappointed that the important stakeholders were not allowed to be as involved in the process as they should have been during the development of the initial grant application,” said CFO Sink.  "I urge Governor Crist and the Department of Education to demonstrate a real commitment to working with our local school officials and teachers to find solutions that will have a significant positive impact on Florida’s students.  Florida has a second opportunity to secure these important resources for our students and they have to do a better job to improve our chances and look out for the best interests of our children.”

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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida’s taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud.