Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday approved spending $150 million to help educate students.

The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request from last week and unanimously approved spending $100 million to replace a similar amount cut by Little in 2020 due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

The committee also unanimously approved spending $50 million to be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce or dip into household money while their children learn amid the challenges posed by the pandemic. That money will be distributed based on income and can be used to purchase educational materials, computers and other services.

The $100 million allocated to Idaho’s 310,000 school kids will be divvied up among schools at $315 per student. But officials are having to use old enrollment numbers

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4 Idaho districts receive nearly $1 million in federal school safety grants

“Idaho’s students must be assured their schools have the resources to keep them safe,” said U.S. Attorney Bart Davis.

GENESEE, Idaho — Four school districts in Idaho have received school safety and violence prevention grants totaling nearly $1 million, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho announced Monday. 

The districts that got the $923,990 in federal grant money are  Genesee Joint Schools, Minidoka School District 331, Highland Joint School District 305, and Joint School District 391 in Kellogg.

The funding was provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program, which gave out nearly $50 million nationwide.

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“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “Although this school year may look different at the start, now

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Idaho to fully restore school budget cuts, add aid to parents | Local News

BOISE — Idaho will tap federal CARES Act funds to make back up the $99 million it’s cut from the public school budget, plus another $50 million that will go directly to Idaho families to help parents cover school-related expenses for their kids amid the pandemic.

Gov. Brad Little announced the decisions Friday at a news conference in the Lincoln Auditorium at the state Capitol.

“Supporting K-12 education in Idaho is our constitutional and moral responsibility, and it’s my top priority as governor,” Little declared. “My goal is to make Idaho a place where our children choose to stay and for those who left to choose to return. We simply cannot meet that goal without a strong public education system in place. … The stresses on our kids, families and educators right now are enormous.”

The cut to this year’s public school budget was imposed July 1 at the start

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