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Florida receives $15 million for federal AmeriCorps education projects

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In an upbeat conference call, statewide education officials — including Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Wendy Spencer of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service — announced that Florida will be the recipient of $15.4 million for AmeriCorps-led education projects. The officials said that figure will be matched by local dollars to bring the total to more than $30 million. “As Florida’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service, we are thrilled to announce this funding for Florida schools and students,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester…

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Without job, but workin’ the campaign trail

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The New York Times has a story I’m surprised Alex Pickett hasn’t picked up on: Candidates for city office usually scrape by with traditional sorts of volunteers: college students, retirees, the occasional neighborhood activist. But this year, a different crowd is landing on their doorsteps: bankers, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers and other highly credentialed professionals, all of whom have been laid off. They are flooding the offices of even the most obscure campaigns, looking for purpose and fighting off…

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