DeVos Releases Billions More In Coronavirus Education Aid
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds available to state and local education agencies, as part of the CARES Act signed into law by President Trump last month. The money will initially go to states, but at least 90% ultimately must be passed along to school districts via the Title I formula designed to help schools with large shares of students from low-income households. "This national emergency continues to shine a light on the need for all schools to be more agile," DeVos said. "Now is the time to truly rethink education and to get creative about how we meet each student's unique needs. The funding has very few bureaucratic strings attached and empowers local education leaders to do just that. I encourage them to focus on investing in the technology, distance learning resources, training and long-term planning that will help education continue for both teachers and students, no matter where learning takes place." State education agencies have until July 1 to apply for the funds, by submitting a simple signed Certification and Agreement form to ESSERF@ed.gov. The department said it intends to process applications for the aid three days after it receives them.