Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $207,834,058 in federal funding for Maryland school districts.
Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will help school districts pay for the cost of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes planning and coordinating long-term school closures and purchasing educational technology to support online learning for all students. Schools throughout Maryland have been closed since March 16 and will operate via online learning through at least May 15.
“Continuing to provide high-quality education for all Maryland students is one of the most pressing long-term challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the delegation said. “These funds are urgently needed and must make their way to districts throughout Maryland as swiftly as possible. We have all spoken with local superintendents and school boards throughout our state and each of them have highlighted the significant need for this federal funding to provide educational technology and internet access to low-income students.”
Recent reporting found that tens of thousands of Maryland public school students – up to 25 percent in some school districts – have not logged in to online learning resources or picked up hard-copy coursework prepared by their teachers.
The CARES Act allocated a nationwide total of $30.75 billion in emergency education funding. The Maryland Congressional Delegation previously announced more than $170 million in CARES Act funding for Maryland’s institutions of higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and more than $45 million for online learning through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.