$22.8M out there
for personal faculties
Eligible non-public elementary and secondary faculties in Arkansas are entitled to a share of $22.eight million from the Emergency Help to Non-Public Faculties Program, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Schooling introduced Friday.
The cash is made attainable by the Coronavirus Response and Reduction Supplemental Appropriations Act handed by federal lawmakers in late 2020.
The state training division will host a webinar at 10 a.m. Friday on the funding. All personal faculties can take part by becoming a member of the Zoom hyperlink at https://bit.ly/38cY8hg.
The webinar shall be recorded and posted on the state Division of Elementary and Secondary Schooling Cares Act webpage: https://bit.ly/30jOvsI.
To be eligible for funding, a college should meet a number of necessities. For instance, it have to be a nonprofit faculty; should have existed earlier than March 13, 2020; and have to be accredited, licensed or in any other case authorized to function in accordance with state regulation.
The state company will decide the listing of eligible personal faculties and submit the allocations to the colleges on the company web site.
The cash can be utilized by the personal faculties for an extended listing of functions, together with sanitizing provides, private safety gear, instructional expertise and air flow methods corresponding to home windows or buying moveable air purification methods.
Requests for help could be directed to [email protected] or Bobby Lester [email protected]
New ed secretary
Miguel Cardona was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate because the nation’s 12th secretary of training, and has since distributed letters and movies during which he acknowledges the pandemic-fueled challenges of the varsity 12 months and thanks those that have persevered.
“Our nation’s college students deserve — and they’ll get — our easiest efforts, our most collaborative pondering, and our deepest perception of their skills,” he mentioned in a letter. “Collectively, we are able to construct a way forward for promise and alternative that makes no exceptions.”
“We do not have a second to waste,” Cardona additionally mentioned in a video clip that was filmed within the fourth-grade classroom the place he, as the primary school graduate in his household, as soon as taught.
“We have to respect the educating occupation for what it’s — the muse of all different alternatives,” he mentioned.
Cardona, chosen for the place by President Joe Biden, is a former trainer, principal, district administrator and commissioner of training in Connecticut.
State ranks 4th in
The American Enterprise Institute group ranks Arkansas fourth within the nation by way of college students receiving in-person instruction.
That was 78% as of Feb. 22.
Florida was the very best at 96%.
In distinction, New Mexico and North Carolina had been at three%.
submitting interval open
The Arkansas Public Faculty Useful resource Middle is accepting functions by Could 14 from open-enrollment constitution faculties for enlargement subgrants funded by the U.S. Division of Schooling Constitution Faculties Program.
In September 2018, the Arkansas Public Faculty Useful resource Middle obtained a $23 million grant to assist the enlargement of open-enrollment and district-conversion constitution faculties all through the state. The group was awarded a further $19.5 million in supplemental funding in September 2019 to convey the full award quantity to $42.5 million.
With the grant, the group can present subgrants over a five-year interval to new open-enrollment constitution faculties; new district-conversion constitution faculties; and current, high-quality, open-enrollment constitution faculties that intend to develop.
An informational webinar shall be at 1 p.m. Monday , and a price range workshop shall be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Each are required periods for faculties making use of for the 2021 Arkansas Public Faculty Useful resource Middle Constitution Faculties Program Enlargement Subgrants.
Extra data is on the market by contacting JoAnna Lever, director of constitution improvement, (501) 492-4300, or [email protected]