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Federal funding coming to Idaho schools

Nearly 438 million federal dollars will go to Idaho schools K-12
Federal funding coming to Idaho schools
Federal funding coming to Idaho schools
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 5:18 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —More federal dollars will soon be sent to Idaho schools, and state education officials want to make sure students’ needs are being addressed.

Nearly 438 million federal dollars will go to Idaho schools K-12. This is the third round of stimulus funds for Idaho.

Millions of dollars are being set aside in an emergency needs fund. The state board of education says those emergency funds will be available for schools that don’t currently receive 1-A funds.

1-A funds are used for things like free lunch programs, and other resources in low-income areas.

Debbie Critchfield is on the state board of education and she tells KMVT it won’t be hard for schools to identify needs and appropriately use this funding.

“The work begins to support school districts in what they are going to do solving the local issues that they haven’t and making sure that those monies and the discussion of how those monies are being spent are focused on student achievement,” said Debbie Critchfield.

Critchfield says there are plenty of checks and balances when it comes to how the funds are used.

She says there are known education gaps in Idaho, and the board will be looking at what works best for the needs of Idaho schools.

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