TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – Florida is one of 21 states that haven’t submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education for how to use the latest round of federal funding for schools.
The department on Monday released a list of plans submitted by 29 states and the District of Columbia.
Florida missed a deadline on Jan.
The Florida Department of Education did not immediately respond to questions from the Florida News Service about when the State Board of Education would review a plan and submit it to Washington.
Florida has allocated more than $ 7 billion through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, of which nearly $ 122 billion has been distributed to states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
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But the US Department of Education is holding on to a third of the Florida budget until the state comes up with a plan and receives approval.
A federal agency press release said “the vast majority” of states that have not submitted plans cite pending reviews by state education agencies and lawmakers.
The press release said government plans the agency received are outlining the use of funds to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and students, and to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.
The department also said that states reported using the federal money to offer summer study programs and provide mental health services to students.
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