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State approves $31 million in relief funds for schools

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 10:06:04-04

Nearly $31 million in federal relief funding has been approved for school systems and early childhood education communities in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education announced the approval of funds that will "ensure a strong start for every child, birth through grade 12."

The funds were made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

The Department of Education says that $25 million will go to school systems in the state while nearly $6 million will go to early childhood communities.

The money will be used to implement plans aligned to critical priorities outlined by the Louisiana Department of Education.

"Our schools will benefit greatly from this additional funding," said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley in a press release. "I appreciate BESE's action to quickly allocate these funds."

This Spring, LDOE received narly $287 million in federal relief funding and distributed $260 million to all school systems in the state. The remaining funds were reserved for additional grant opportunities, according to the state.

To read more on that distribution: LDOE distributes millions to school systems, offers guidance on start to school year

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