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.
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.”
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.
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.