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CFO Alex Sink Applauds Florida Winning Race to the Top funding


CONTACT: Jerri Franz, 850-413-2842
Tallahassee – Florida CFO Alex Sink today applauded Florida’s selection as one of the winners of the U.S. Department of Education's $4.35 billion in Race to the Top education grants.  CFO Sink praised the efforts of all parties involved – including the Florida Department of Education, school superintendents and administrators, and teachers – for coming together to develop a winning proposal.
“Today’s announcement of these much needed education resources is welcome news, and shows what can be accomplished for Florida’s students when all the stakeholders work in a truly collaborative way.  I have long said that without a stronger education system, Florida cannot build a more prosperous economy, and I am pleased that all parties involved were able to come together to win this funding,” said CFO Sink.  “I am encouraged by this announcement, and I urge the federal government to make sure Florida receives its appropriate share of the grant funding.   However, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done to be sure all of our children are getting the quality of education they deserve.”
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services and serves as the State Fire Marshal.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.