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U.S. Department of Education Announces Grant Competition to Rethink K-12 Education Models

April 29, 2020, News

The United State Department of Education has announced a new grant program offering $307.5 million in funds for states to “create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K-12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.”

The Education Stabilization Fund Discretionary Grants, announced this week by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will be funded through the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Rethink K-12 Education Models Grants, $180 million in total funds, are focused on access—coming up with innovative ways for students to access K-12 education, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

State educational agencies can apply for funds in one of three categories:

  • Microgrants for families, to support access to technology and educational services;
  • Statewide virtual learning and course access programs; and
  • “Field-initiated models for providing remote education not yet imagined.”

More information on the K-12 grants is available from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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