WASHINGTON, D.C. (KT) - Kentucky will receive $193,186,874 to distribute among school districts to meet students’ education needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
These federal funds, delivered by the U.S. Department of Education, were made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic rescue package in history, and shepherded it to enactment in about a week.
“As this atypical school year comes to close, school districts continue looking for help meeting the needs of Kentucky students. I’m proud my CARES Act is delivering the resources and flexibility to support continued student success,” McConnell said. “Across our Commonwealth, schools are investing in technology and other creative techniques to continue helping Kentucky students learn during this crisis. I’m grateful to our hard-working educators and administrators -- many of whom have their own children at home now too -- for their dedication to serving Kentucky’s youth.”
According to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the Kentucky Department of Education will distribute 90 percent of these funds to local schools to help students continue learning in remote settings. The remaining 10 percent can be used to address specific needs related to the pandemic.