Published: May 23, 2013 6:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is dipping into a high-profile federal grant designed to improve the state's schools in order to end a bitter contract dispute.
    
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett earlier this month agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against his department by a Tallahassee-based technology company.
    
The Department of Education is paying $1.25 million to Infinity Software Development. Infinity was hired to build a website intended to help students, parents and teachers master new academic standards.
    
But the deal ended acrimoniously with Infinity suing the state and the state terminating the contract.
    
The money for the website came from a federal Race to the Top grant. A DOE spokesman said grant money will be used to pay the settlement.
    
An Internet news operation, the Florida Current, reported Thursday the settlement had been approved.

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