The U.S. Department of Education announced how much each state is set to receive from a nearly $3 billion pot of money allocated from the CARES Act, to support the current needs of students and schools amid COVID-19 school closures.
STATE GOVERNOR’S EDUCATION RELIEF FUND COMPONENT OF EDUCATION STABILIZATION FUND
(Based on the CARES Act)
District of Columbia $5,807,678
NEW HAMPSHIRE $8,891,470
NEW JERSEY $68,864,994
NEW MEXICO $22,262,663
NEW YORK $164,286,083
NORTH CAROLINA $95,638,869
NORTH DAKOTA $5,932,707
RHODE ISLAND $8,704,245
SOUTH CAROLINA $48,467,924
SOUTH DAKOTA $7,944,013
WEST VIRGINIA $16,353,314
PUERTO RICO $47,812,236
Source: U.S. Department of Education
The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund is derived from the $30.75 billion CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund. Allocations are based on each state’s student-aged population and poverty levels.
In a letter to the 50 governors on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote that each state will dictate how the block grants will be spent.
“My department will not micromanage how you spend these funds, but I encourage you, at a time when so many school boards, superintendents, and institutions of higher education have had to close their brick and mortar campuses for the balance of the school year, to focus these resources on ensuring that all students continue to learn most likely through some form of remote learning,” DeVos advised. “They and their families are depending on your leadership to ensure that they don’t fall behind.”
It is conceivable that governors could steer some funds toward K-12 school district transportation departments and school bus contractors. Many districts nationwide are utilizing school buses to deliver meals to students who are staying at home, where they are taking online classes.
Additionally, school buses are delivering school supplies and homework to students who can’t access online study programs. In areas where districts have Wi-Fi routers installed on school buses, the vehicles are parking in the community to provide internet access to students who have limited or no broadband options.
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