The Beaver State leaders have a goal of spending up to $325 million in state and federal money. This is to help fill the gaps in students’ COVID-19 pandemic-year learning with summer programs.
The Beaver State will Add Millions to Aid Education
In a press release, Governor Kate Brown and legislative leaders announced on Monday that they will devote $250 million in state money to the effort of making up educational ground lost during the COVID-19 shutdowns and in addition to remote learning. Moreover, they will also add $75 million in federal money to that effort.
Grants for Summer Enrichment Activities, High School Students
There will be $90 million for grants which will be the largest expenditure. It will add Summer enrichment activities for K-8 students. Then another $72 million will be grants the districts can use to help high school students catch up over the summer.
Moreover, the equitable investments will go towards Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Tribal, Latino, Latina, and Latinx, Pacific Islander, and children of color. They have been out of proportion impacted throughout the last year.
COVID-19 has Affected all Including the Children
“It has been hard on Oregon kids and their caregivers – especially working mothers – in so many ways – this past year,” Governor Brown said. It’s time to bring back the summer enrichment programs that create joy, nurture creativity and encourage the healing of our children. This will occur as COVID-19 recedes from our communities. The children have persevered through difficulties few generations have faced at their age. Therefore, we need to make sure facilities have equal access to these programs. We want to work to eliminate traditional disparities that have been aggravated during the pandemic.”
On the Summer Learning and Child Care Package, more information is available here.