Source: Salisbury Post
Governor Roy Cooper announced that he would direct $95.6 million in new funds to aid students most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Salisbury Post reports.
North Carolina will use funds from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. The money is slated for use as emergency support for school districts, postsecondary institutions and other education groups to mitigate impact from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the article.
“Learning during a pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for students and staff, whether in the classroom or remotely. This funding should help protect the physical and mental health at schools, and help bridge the gap for students with unique learning needs,” Governor Cooper said.
The money will touch all parts of education in North Carolina. The State Board of Education will receive funds along with the Department of Public Instruction. Community colleges and the UNC system will receive money as well.
“To boost our economic recovery from this pandemic, we need to make sure that students are able to complete their postsecondary degrees or credentials,” Governor Cooper stated. “This funding will help current students stay on track towards completing their degrees and will help more North Carolinians get access to the workforce training they need to be job ready.”