DOI: Federal COVID-19 assistance for education in insular areas exceeds $172M

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U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Douglas Domenech is applauding the U.S. Department of Education for the financial support provided to the U.S. territories and freely associated states (FAS) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 post-secondary schools, including students in the territories and the FAS.

This important support was provided for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (The CARES Act, P.L.116-136), 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 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.”

“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 Assistant Secretary 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.