Kemp OKs funds to fight COVID-driven education hurdles

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Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Gov. Brian P. Kemp on Monday announced over $37.4 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds to help counter the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new allotment will go to various community and public organizations, including:

  • Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs - $12 million: This comes on top of the $15 million allotted to the Boys & Girls Clubs last year that went to helping thousands of youths return to grade-level achievement standards.
  • Georgia Alliance of YMCAs - $2 million: Programs include a learning loss startup program for six YMCAs, learning loss materials for 11 YMCAs and and electronic sports program with an emphasis on learning loss.
  • Georgia Department of Education - $9.1 million for special needs teaching resources and equipment, plus hearing and vision screenings.
  • Department of Early Care and Learning - up to $12 million for a summer transition program.
  • Georgia Public Library Service - $2.3 million in grants the connectivity and remote learning devices in public libraries.

“We know there is still more work to do when it comes to recovering from pandemic-driven learning loss in our classrooms,” Kemp said.

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