Start Date 2020-07-29
Notes Secretary DeVos Awards More than $180 Million to States Rethinking K-12 Education to Better Meet Students’ Needs During Coronavirus Disruption JULY 29, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $180 million in new grant funding will be awarded to 11 states rethinking education to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant will support states’ efforts to create new, innovative ways for students to continue learning in ways that meet their needs. Awardees include Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. The awards range from $6 million to $20 million. “Ensuring every student can continue to learn during the coronavirus pandemic requires innovation from local education leaders and a laser-like focus on doing what’s right for students,” said Secretary DeVos. “This grant will help states adapt and overcome challenges to strengthen education both now and for the longer term. If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that the antiquated one-size-fits-all approach to education is no longer tenable and education going forward must be more adaptable and student-centered. I want to congratulate today’s awardees for making the needed effort to rethink education on behalf of their students.” Congress set aside 1% of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for grants to states with the highest coronavirus burden. The Department of Education announced the Rethink K-12 Education Models (REM) grant competition in April 2020, inviting any state educational agency to apply. The program supports new, innovative ways to access education with an emphasis on meeting students’ needs during the coronavirus national emergency. Specifically, it called for projects to provide families with: Microgrants, so that states can ensure families have access to the technology and services to advance learning remotely (absolute priority 1); Statewide virtual learning and course access programs, so that students can access a full range of subjects, even those not taught in their assigned setting (absolute priority 2); or New, field-initiated models for providing remote education to ensure that every child is learning and preparing for successful careers and lives (absolute priority 3). State Education Agency State Absolute Priority # Funding Level Louisiana Department of Education LA 1 $16,999,992 Tennessee Department of Education TN 1 $20,000,000 Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education RI 2 $10,898,643 Texas Education Agency TX 2 $19,978,625 Iowa Department of Education IA 2 $17,681,016 Georgia Department of Education GA 2 $18,594,304 South Carolina Department of Education SC 3 $15,049,608 New York State Education Department NY 3 $19,986,089 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction NC 3 $17,632,125 South Dakota Department of Education SD 3 $6,883,481 Maine Department of Education ME 3 $16,958,613 TOTAL: $180,662,496
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