Weekly NewsBrief 3/23/20-3/29/20
Governor Cooper directs funding to schools to teach, feed students during COVID-19 – By Dalisa Robies, WNCT
Governor Cooper directed $50 million in school funding flexibility to help public schools and support the greatest need to serve students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Governor Cooper has ordered North Carolina public schools to remain closed to in-class instruction through May 15.
The State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will establish a new $50 million flexible allotment for public school units to address COVID-19-related expenses.
This allotment is comprised of unused funds from the current and previous school years as well as the State Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund.
“We are working together to provide programs and resources to ensure the continued health, safety, and education of North Carolina students,” Governor Cooper said. “By allowing fund flexibility our school systems can use funds where it benefits students and families most by continuing to provide meals, improving distance learning, childcare, and much more.”
Arizona works to roll out child care for front-line workers during coronavirus crisis – By Danyelle Khmara, Arizona Daily Star
Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Education are working with school districts across the state to launch a child care program for children of first responders, critical health-care workers and essential public sector workers, including child-safety workers.
“This initiative will offer critical support for the women and men working on the front lines to respond to COVID-19,” Ducey said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to work with our outstanding school leaders all across Arizona to provide more capacity to serve these families.”
The announcement comes after the state extended school closures through at least April 10 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
State and school officials are figuring out which school districts, sites and communities will be a part of the effort, as well as what essential workers would be eligible for the service.