Oklahoma Schools Receiving More Federal Relief Money
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that Oklahoma was approved for the final round of federal relief money from the American Rescue Plan.
Almost $500 million that will be available to the state’s schools.
The final round of money represents the last third of a $1.4 billion package schools can use to mitigate the problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools will have up to three years to access the money.
The funds require schools to spend at least 20% on combating learning loss and addressing the social and emotional needs of students.
"It is heartening to see, reflected in these state plans, the ways in which states are thinking deeply about how to use American Rescue Plan funds to continue to provide critical support to schools and communities, particularly as we move into the summer and look ahead to the upcoming academic year," U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a release.
The federal funds have been a windfall for Oklahoma schools, allowing them to beef up summer school programs and hire hundreds of counselors across the state.