Where Does WorldCom Windfall Go?

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For schools like Northeast Lauderdale Middle, extra money would be a great thing. For several months, it has been expecting to do with less than they'd like, but now Principal Richard Kelly says he hopes at least part of the $100 million the state is about to get will come to education.

But it may not happen. There is currently no state budget, and won't be until the House and Senate get to work in a coming special session.

And how the WorldCom money will be spent is a likely topic. The two chambers are about $30 million apart in their respective desires for the state's education budget, but State Rep. Greg Snowden says this one time money shouldn't be used to close that gap.

However, Snowden says the state's revenues are already higher than was projected when the legislature last met, so there's a chance it might be enough to make up the gap between House and Senate without using WorldCom money.

But Kelly says either way, his school will be okay. He says his staff is used to doing a lot with not as much as they'd like to have.


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