Governor DeSantis directs funding to close education gap

This week also marked something of a farewell tour for Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

Florida schools are receiving a $289 million increase in federal funding to benefit students with academic programs, after-school programs and more.

Speaking at the Hialeah Educational Academy on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the pot is now open for schools.

“I am proud to announce an additional $289 million for programs that will improve student achievement and close learning gaps,” DeSantis said. “This announcement builds on our accomplishments over the past three years to make Florida a national leader in education, with a focus on civics, early literacy, and STEM programs. I look forward to more announcements in the coming weeks as we continue to invest in the education of Florida students.

The largest share of the $289 million is $105 million for after-school and summer learning camps that help struggling students catch up. Also included is $50 million to support reading intervention and professional development for reading coaches.

Additionally, the funding includes $47 million for primary materials aligned with Florida’s new standards for teaching English, math, civics and the Holocaust. An additional $44 million will go to supporting STEM and hands-on learning programs.

Two more highlights from the Governor and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran $22.5 million for resources to help parents become more involved in their children’s education and $5 million to establish regional mental health resilience teams.

“Governor. DeSantis continues to make the right choice when it comes to providing a world-class education for our students,” Corcoran said. “Florida continues to emphasize the core pillars of learning, especially for the early years and students represented in the achievement gaps, with holistic support for the literacy, math and civic skills needed to make our students lifelong learners and great citizens. ”

The stoppage came amid three consecutive appearances made by DeSantis and Corcoran since the session ended Monday while highlighting educational initiatives. On Tuesday and Thursday, the pair made appearances to point out that Florida will be eliminate Florida standards assessment after this school year.

The three education-focused appearances also marked something of a farewell tour for the education commissioner, who will leave the administration before the end of the school year.

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