Michigan approved for nearly $390 million in federal education funding

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Posted at 9:33 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 11:27:27-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan received approval from the U.S. Department of Education for nearly $390 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds.

The $13.2 billion fund provides emergency relief funds to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools. The funding was included as part of the CARES Act.

“These are vitally important resources to help our schools reduce the strain caused by this global pandemic,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Schools can use the funds to meet a variety of current education needs, but must recognize that these funds are one-time revenues.”

The Michigan Department of Education will award 90 percent of the funds to eligible local school districts. The funds will not be ongoing funding for the districts.

To receive funds, districts will submit an online application that includes a brief narrative of their most important educational needs; information on how they will provide equitable access to students, teachers, parents, and families; and a budget that outlines their intended use of allocated funds.

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