June 30, 2021 7:57 pm
Posted: Jun 30, 2021 7:57 PM
Updated June 30, 2021 8:06 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WKBT) – Governor Tim Walz announced Wednesday that Minnesota will be spending $ 132 million in US federal rescue plan education funds to aid student recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
The announcement came after the Minnesota Department of Education presented the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The state received a total of $ 1.3 billion for E-12 education as part of the rescue plan, 90 percent of which was given direct to schools through a federal formula.
The $ 132 million makes up the remaining 10 percent.
Contributing to the decision was public feedback designed to bolster critical programs that weren’t on the E-12 education budget, as well as tailor support for students facing the greatest challenges due to the pandemic, Walz said.
“Minnesota’s students and families faced so many challenges during the pandemic, and helping each one of them remains a top priority, especially as we move into the next school year,” said Walz.
“This funding enables us to invest in things that couldn’t be agreed in the education budget, but which we know our students need to get back on track and stay on track in school.” , he said.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan added a parental opinion, saying, “As a mom to an upcoming third grader, I know how tough this school year has been for our students and families. We owe it to them to do everything possible to support not only their academic recovery, but also their socio-emotional and mental health. “
Federal law requires Minnesota to spend most of the $ 132 million on four areas: learning recreation, post-school programs, summer enrichment, and other government activities to support students and schools. A small portion can be used for grant administration.
The payouts include:
- In the area of learning recovery, the Department of Education will allocate $ 66 million directly to public schools to help students apply evidence-based strategies. Schools are also encouraged to work with community organizations to support students.
- For after-school programs, $ 13.2 million is being made available to Ignite Afterschool, an organization and network leader experienced in evidence-based extra-curricular programming, for the distribution of grants. Fifty percent of the funds go to charitable organizations. The other half is directed to culture-specific community organizations.
- Another $ 13.2 million will be provided through grants for summer education, with 50 percent going to community organizations. The remaining 50 percent is dedicated to culturally specific community organizations.
- Approximately $ 26 million will be used in public school grants for full-service community schools to expand rigorous coursework and other endeavors. The remaining $ 13.6 million for other government activities and grant administration will be used to build and strengthen systems within the Department of Education.
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