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Louisiana Department of Education receives $1.1 billion grant

By: - January 11, 2021 7:28 pm

The Louisiana Department of Education will receive a grant worth about $1.1 billion from the U.S. Congress’ latest COVID-19 relief bill. Local school systems will receive over $1 billion of the grant, or 90 percent. The rest will go to the education department.

Ted Beasley, an education department spokesperson, said the department is still figuring out how to distribute the money to individual school districts, but, he said,  “some of the uses outlined by the U.S. Department of Education includes addressing learning loss and supporting in-person instruction.”

State Superintendent Cade Brumley said he’s grateful for the U.S. Congress’ investment in Louisiana’s schools.

“Our team is working to ensure these funds will help school systems preserve in-person learning when possible, combat learning loss and fill in the gaps for families and educators,” Brumley said.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.