The Department of Education provides almost $ 4 billion in aid to aid to pandemic and other concessions to the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, since Cardona Secretary visits the Commonwealth June 28, 2021 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, Press @ Ed.gov
  • US Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, informed Honorable Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Honorable Eliezer Ramos, Interim Secretary of Education, that the Department of Education of Puerto Rico (PRDE) now has Total access to all federal education education. Funds for the Commonwealth and other dollars of the education program grant. Additional funds available from today, for a total of almost $ 4 billion, include:

  • $ 2 billion of the American rescue plan law;
  • $ 1.2 billion of the Answer and Relief Assignment Act of Coronavirus, 2021 (CRRSA); and
  • $ 662 million in FY 2020 program grants.

    In the letter to Governor Pierluisi and the Interim Secretary of Education Ramos, Cardona Secretary wrote:

    "I want to personally affirm the department's commitment to work in collaboration with Puerto Rico and Reta for That we can achieve our shared goal of educational excellence for the children, students and young people of the Commonwealth. We recognize their commitment and progress in strengthening academic services and financial management. I know that when working together, we will deliver this fundamental promise. "

    Today's announcement comes when the Cardona Secretary begins a visit to Puerto Rico, where she will meet with the government and educational leaders and the students of the Commonwealth. Secretary Cardona is the first member of President Biden's cabinet, visit Puerto Rico, and during the trip, he will strengthen the commitment of the Biden Administration with the Island and his continued support for students, educators and families of Harbor Education Rich.

    "I feel proud, I am honored to be in Puerto Rico: the island of my roots, since the federal government free critical funds to support the efforts of Puerto Rico to reopen their schools safely For learning in person and to provide all students to the island the opportunity to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams, "said Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona. "Today's announcement reinforces the strong Association of the Biden Administration with the island and underlines our shared commitment to support the students, educators and families of Puerto Rico. I look forward to the progress that we will continue together now, and in the weeks and Months ahead ".

    Today's announcement follows a series of shares, the Biden administration took in its first months in the office to support Puerto Rico students, educators and families. As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Puerto Rico was allocated almost $ 3 billion in emergency relief funds from Elementary and Secondary School of ARP (ESSER) to support its efforts to reopen K-12 schools in a manner Safe and equitable, expanding the opportunity of students who need it. The majority.

    The Cardona Secretary sent a letter to Governor Pierluisi informing him that the Department had provided the community access to $ 912 million in Federal Education Funds, which had not been available to Puerto Rico as a result of concession conditions previously imposed.

    The release of these funds marked a commitment from the Department and the Biden-Harris administration in support for Puerto Rico. He also recognized remarkable progress; The Commonwealth has made measures to ensure a good fiscal management of federal education funds while working to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters that have impacted students, families and educators across the island.

    And more recently at the beginning of June, the department launched $ 21

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