WASHINGTON, D.C.—Over $172 million has been made available through the Education Stabilization Fund and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the Outlying Areas to the governments, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools, including students in the territories and the freely associated states.
This support was provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, as signed by President Trump on March 26, 2020, and announced by the U.S. Department of Education on April 30 and posted to their website on May 5, 2020.
“The funding made available today has very few bureaucratic strings attached and empowers education leaders to focus on doing what’s best for their students during this pandemic,” said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “The [Trump] administration is committed to the success of students in the insular areas, and it is my hope that this additional funding will provide the support needed to expand technological, distance learning, training, and long-term planning capabilities that will ensure learning continues.”
Douglas W. Domenech, the assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, has applauded the USDOE’s support for U.S. territories and FAS.
“We are pleased to see that such significant support for education has been provided to the territories and the FAS during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Domenech. “Schools and administrators in the island areas will need to move quickly and judiciously to ensure that the funds are used effectively to meet all the needs of the public schools and students.”
For a more detailed breakdown of CARES Act funding provided through the Department of Education and for other federal assistance provided to the U.S. territories and freely associated states during the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Office of Insular Affairs website at https://www.doi.gov/oia/covid19. (PR)