Gov. Whitmer sending $65 million in CARES Act funding to Michigan schools

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 14:12:11-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is sending nearly $65 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to Michigan school districts, higher education institutions, and other education-related entities that have been most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is targeted towards the state's economically disadvantaged districts, with $60 million targeted towards those students.

The money can be used for any of the following goals;

· Connectivity: Devices, internet access, access to remote services, or other similar purposes.
· Student Mental Health: Funding would enhance access to remote and in-person student mental health services.
· Addressing Learning Loss: Funding could be used by districts to offer supplementary content and intervention services to mitigate the impacts of learning loss.
· Out-of-School-Time Learning: Funds could be used to support out-of-school-time learning. These expenditures would ensure students have safe spaces to participate in remote education.
· Remote Learning Materials and Training (digital and non-digital): Funds could address both digital and non-digital content where remote learning continues as an instructional delivery model.
· Teacher Training and Curriculum: Funding could be used to provide additional professional development and curriculum modifications that allow districts to effectively facilitate distance learning while expanding their knowledge of the science of teaching.
· Other health, safety, and wellness needs identified, required, or recommended in the MI Return to School Roadmap.

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and approach the start of the new school year, we must continue doing everything we can to protect our students, educators, and support staff. This funding will help us do just that, and ensure crucial support for our schools, whether it’s helping schools access PPE and cleaning supplies or helping students mitigate the impacts of learning loss in districts that need it most,” said Governor Whitmer in a news release. “This is a good start, but we still need the federal government to work together on a bipartisan recovery package to support all Michigan students and educators, as well as state governments, families, and small businesses.”

$5.4 million will be distributed to other education-related entities and will be distributed for statewide mental health services, public television learning resources, implementation of teacher professional learning practices, and the Early On program to help reach more infants and toddlers through remote early intervention.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.

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