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Blunt: Missouri to Receive an Additional $54.6 Million to Help K-12 Schools & Institutions of Higher Learning Respond to Coronavirus

April 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), announced that Missouri will receive an additional $54.6 million in funding to help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education respond to coronavirus-related needs. The funding announced today comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, which was included in the CARES Act. The program provides funding directly to state governors, allowing them to prioritize and quickly distribute aid where it is needed most. This is in addition to funding specifically for K-12 education Blunt announced yesterday, and higher education announced last week. 

“Our state is facing an unprecedented challenge when it comes to keeping students safe while keeping their education on track,” said Blunt. “Governors need immediate resources and maximum flexibility to respond quickly. This funding will allow Governor Parson to continue tackling some of the education challenges that have come with the coronavirus response in a way that best fits local needs. I will continue working with the administration to ensure that additional support for states that was provided in the CARES Act gets out the door as soon as possible.”

As the chairman of the subcommittee that funds the Education Department, Blunt worked to secure a total of $3 billion for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund in the recently-enacted CARES Act.

Last week, Blunt commended the Education Department for allocating $206 million in funding for Missouri colleges, universities, and trade schools through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund in the CARES Act to make emergency cash grants to students and offset other general expenses related to the coronavirus. Yesterday, Blunt announced that Missouri is receiving $208 million specifically for K-12 education needs related to coronavirus through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund also included in the CARES Act.   

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