NC Gov. Cooper uses CARES money to hire more school nurses

Gov. Roy Cooper will use $95.6 million in federal coronavirus relief money to help students he said have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic instead of on teacher bonuses as proposed by Republican lawmakers.

Cooper announced Wednesday that he will use his share of federal COVID-19 education aid on programs such as hiring more school nurses, academic programs for at-risk K-12 students and providing tuition assistance for post-secondary students. The money comes from North Carolina’s share of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, a part of the federal CARES Act.

“Learning during a pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for students and staff, whether in the classroom or remotely,” Cooper said in a news release. “This funding should help protect the physical and mental health at schools, and help bridge the gap for students with unique learning needs.”

The General Assembly approved giving all teachers a $350 bonus this year.

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