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SECRETARY DEVOS ANNOUNCES $3 BILLION IN EMERGENCY EDUCATION BLOCK GRANTS FOR GOVERNORS

Encourages them to focus the funding on continuing education for students of all ages

From the Department of Education

April 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that nearly $3 billion will quickly be made available to governors to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the coronavirus national emergency. The Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is an extraordinarily flexible "emergency block grant" designed to enable governors to decide how best to meet the needs of students, schools (including charter schools and non-public schools), postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations. READ MORE

 

BY APPLYING FOR FEDERAL WAIVERS, STATES CAN SHAKE LOOSE GRANT FUNDING TO HELP SCHOOLS DURING THE PANDEMIC. HERE’S HOW-

From The 74
By Alex Medler   April 13, 2020

Schools face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 emergency, including the costs of transitioning from in-person instruction to distance learning. The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter School Program could provide more resources through new strategies during the emergency, including granting waivers, adjusting current grant awards and establishing new state-level support structures. READ MORE

 

RON DESANTIS TO ASSEMBLE TASK FORCE ON REOPENING FLORIDA AMID PANDEMIC

From FLAPOL
By Renzo Downey April 15, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce a task force, likely this week, exploring what phase two of the state’s COVID-19 response will look like as the coronavirus pandemic continues. That task force will work on solutions for the economy, education, quality of life and physical and mental health. READ MORE

 

AP STUDENTS WILL TAKE EXAMS AT HOME WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICES — WITH OPEN BOOK OR NOTES THAT COULD TEST SECURITY

From Florida Phoenix 

By Issac Morgan April 6, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida high school students in Advanced Placement classes will take the exams in their homes using electronic devices, with testing opening in May. READ MORE

 

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL BEEFING UP CAPACITY TO SERVE 2.7 MILLION STUDENTS, AMID COVID-19 CLOSURES

From WFSU News
By RYAN DAILEY • APR 1, 2020

Florida Virtual School is increasing its capacity for students, preparing for an influx of more than 2 million amid COVID-19 school district closures. READ MORE

 
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