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Alabama plans to use federal money for education recovery



Alabama schools are getting almost $2 billion from the federal government.

The funds are a part of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Act. Districts across the state are completing recovery plans to get their share of aid.

Michael Sibley is the Director of Communications for the Alabama State Department of Education. He said schools have not had to deal something like this before. 

“This has been an unprecedented set of resources that have been established here within the department to go out to schools, but it’s also been an unprecedented crisis, too," he said. "So, I think the effort that the federal government has given to push back against the impact of COVID-19 is equal to the level of impact that COVID-19 had on our public education system.”  

He also said schools have a unique opportunity to recover this year.  

“It’s giving school systems an opportunity to buy everything, again, from physical devices, remote devices, to professional development to infrastructure changes to all of the areas that we know public education generally needs funding in," Sibley said.

Alabama will receive almost $2 billion in federal aid through three stages of relief distribution this year.

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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