This week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that more than $300 million from the first coronavirus rescue package will go to two education grant competitions for K-12 and higher ed.
States will be able to apply for a piece of the $180 million allotted to the “Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant” and $127.5 million allotted to the “Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant.”
The money is 1% of the more than $30 billion set aside for education in the CARES Act. Those billions are intended to help states with the highest coronavirus burden.
States can access the money by creating proposals to fund virtual or work-based learning programs. The grant categories include two of DeVos’ pre-existing pet policy ideas: “microgrants” that go directly to home-schooling families, and microcredentials that offer a shorter path to workforce preparation.