Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine received a $9,273,552 block grant to support K-12 and postsecondary education in the state.
“As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine schools have been forced to quickly transition to online learning, creating unprecedented challenges for students and teachers at all levels of education,” said Senator Collins. “This funding will help support school communities that are adapting to new technology as well as help ensure that students can continue to receive quality instruction and achieve their educational goals.”
The funding was awarded through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, a program authorized by the CARES Act. The state has the authority to decide how best to use the funding to meet the needs of students, schools, postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations.