Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.

During the interview on “The Story”, DeVos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” DeVos said.

The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.

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The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that DeVos’ comment “attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and

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ReSkill MS helping Mississippians get job skills training through CARES ACT funds

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – A program passed by the state legislature in July is now helping Mississippians receive career-training.



a person sitting at a desk: Mississippi community colleges across the state have received funds from the CARES Act to help get people job training during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Mississippi community colleges across the state have received funds from the CARES Act to help get people job training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ReSkill Mississippi is a program funded by CARES ACT money appropriated through Mississippi House Bill 1795 that helps people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get career training for high-demand jobs through non-credit courses in state community colleges.

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“The ReSkill MS program is designed to connect Mississippians with training opportunities that lead to jobs now, that lead to career pathways and to help get them into those in demand careers that are still hiring despite the COVID pandemic,” said Rebecca Brown, dean of Workforce and Community Development at Pearl River Community College.

PRCC received $2.2 million of CARES Act funds for this

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Mayor Johnson talks slight COVID-19 uptick, CARES Act funding, city manager candidates

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – It’s been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit close to home and Mayor Van Johnson says Savannah businesses are hurting.

The mayor says more than 400 people applied for a second round of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Johnson says coronavirus aid should go into the pockets of small businesses who need it most. He says the first time around that didn’t happen.

“Somehow or another there was some miscommunication,” said Johnson during his weekly press conference. “There was more money given to loan forgiveness than was given to new folks seeking loans and so, therefore, the numbers were skewed.”

This time around the city will only have less than $2 million to divvy up between hundreds of applicants.

“Everybody has needs, but I think the way that we have designated the

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Staunton receives more CARES Act funding. Where is it going?

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Staunton City Council chambers in City Hall. (Photo: Claire Mitzel/The News Leader)

STAUNTON – The City of Staunton has received more Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, relief funds to help aid city and school expenses. 

The CARES Act funds can be used for any expenses incurred during and due to COVID-19. 

On May 12, it was announced the city would receive $2,175,221 in CARES Act relief funds. By July 28, the city received a second round of CARES Act funding, for a revised total of $4,350,442.

As of June 30, $132,485 was to be used on COVID-related costs for both the city and Staunton City Schools to enact protection and prevention measures like testing for employees, floor markings for physical distancing for elections and other city departments, custodial services and glass and plexiglass partitions for customer service areas among other items, a release said.

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Fried Wants ‘CARES Act’ Money For School Lunch Programs

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants the state to be more open about how it plans to spend federal stimulus money received because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, Fried requested a full accounting of federal “CARES Act” money the state has received so it can be discussed at a scheduled Sept. 22 Cabinet meeting.

“With an extraordinarily deep and broad economic crisis in our state, it is critical that Floridians are apprised of the ways in which this taxpayer funding is being expended,” Fried wrote to DeSantis. “You recently noted that ‘those CARES Act dollars are obligated already,’ yet there has been no public accounting of the ways in which this funding has been obligated or expended.”

Fried, the only Democrat on the state Cabinet, estimated the state government has received $4.58 billion from the federal government. She noted that several states

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How Greenville County’s spending $16 million in CARES Act funding

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Greenville County is South Carolina’s lone beneficiary of county-level federal CARES Act funding — a flexible pot of $91 million — to be given out by the end of the year.

The two biggest recipients so far have been $2 million for First Steps to create and support child care programs for students who don’t have the choice of going to school every day, and $1.3 million for the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, for coronavirus adaptations.

The $91 million is, for now, divided into two pots: $75 million for small businesses and nonprofits and $16 million in grant funding for health, local governments and other areas.

The smaller pot, with larger maximums, has been more rapidly paid out, $11 million has been distributed. The larger pot has only paid out $3 million, the maximums are $10,000.

First Steps, The Well receive

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Whitmer Announces $65M In CARES Act Funding For Michigan Schools

MICHIGAN — Michigan school districts and other state education entities will receive $65 million in CARES Act funding to help as they battle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday in a news conference.

The funding will be used to help close the digital divide as students begin learning virtually and from home. It’ll also go toward improving access to in-person mental health services, small group learning and child care.

“We’ve got to continue doing everything we can to protect our students and educators and support staff,” Whitmer said Wednesday. “And in order to do just that and ensure critical support for our schools, whether it’s helping them access PPE or cleaning supplies or helping students mitigate the impacts of learning loss in districts that need it most, funding will go to Michigan school districts and other education related entities that have been hit most

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House Democrats press Senate to take up Heroes Act for school funding

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — School is already back in session around the country and Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott is again pressuring the Senate to take up the Heroes Act.

“There are things that schools need to do to reopen safely,” Scott said.

The $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed the House in May. Scott says it includes money for teacher and student personal protective equipment, as well as money to repair and replace broken and inadequate ventilation systems in schools.

“You need all these extra resources to open the schools safely and you just can’t hope it’ll happen, you have to come up with a plan, you have to have the resources to make it happen,” Scott said.

Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright says schools need the money now.

“To meet the major challenges of preventing the virus from spreading amongst the students,” Cartwright said.

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Michigan announces $65M in CARES Act funding for schools amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan is using $65 million in federal funding to support school districts that are most significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement Monday about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars for schools. The money is for school districts, higher education institutions, and “other education-related entities that have been most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the governor’s office.

The governor says the money is going to disadvantaged districts and will help address the digital divide that has served as a barrier to remote learning for students and educators across the state. The funding comes from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund.   

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and approach the start of the new school year, we must continue doing everything we can to protect our students, educators, and support staff. This funding will help us

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