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Whitmer signs bill to send $4.4B in rescue funds to schools

It is a significant influx of aid, particularly to traditional districts and charter schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families.
Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a supplemental spending bill that releases $4.4 billion in federal coronavirus rescue funding designated for K-12 schools.

It is a significant influx of aid, particularly to traditional districts and charter schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families.

Funding will be distributed among schools based on the academic, emotional, and social needs of students. It will help get schools re-opened and operating safety.

Governor Whitmer says the bill helps Michigan take full advantage of this “unprecedented opportunity...that will impact generations”.

“We’ve got the power to help people prosper and push our economies to new highs, that includes everyone,” says Whitmer. “This is an important step in this economic jump-start.”

Legislation the Democratic governor will sign next week will allot $363 million in U.S. COVID-19 funds to ensure districts with more middle-class or wealthy kids receive at least $1,093 more per student regardless of a federal formula.

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