Corcoran crafting plan to spend $173.6M in education stimulus

By Andrew Atterbury
04/15/2020 06:33 PM EDT

Gov. Ron DeSantis today tasked Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran with distributing $173.6 million in federal stimulus education aid.

The Republican governor told reporters that Corcoran will soon submit a spending plan for the flexible education dollars, which can be used to cover Covid-19 costs anywhere in the system, from child care sites to state universities.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to turn that around in a matter of days,” DeSantis said.

The money is Florida’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, part of the CARES Act, H.R. 748 (116), signed into law last month. The pocket of federal aid was allocated to states based on the number of residents age 5 through 24, and the number of students counted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Florida, like many states, is likely to spend a chunk of the money on computers and other technology, one of the greatest challenges currently facing education leaders.

Florida also is projected to land $770.2 million in stimulus funds specifically for K-12 education, money available for a wide range of needs to prevent, prepare for and respond to the spread of Covid-19. Florida’s colleges and universities would receive $760.9 million in grants, according to estimates.

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