Northam announces additional federal money for schools

Northam announces additional federal money for schools
Gov. Ralph Northam holding a press briefing in Richmond. (Source: VPM)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing he’s putting an additional $220 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds towards the state’s public schools.

Northam said in a statement Thursday the extra money would be used to help schools pay for testing supplies, personal protective equipment and technology needed for virtual learning.

Virginia schools are currently operating in a mishmash fashion.

Some districts are offering in-person instruction while others are mostly virtual.  

The governor said the money would be distributed to all 135 school districts at a rate of $175 per pupil.

He said every district would get a minimum of $100,000.

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