WOBURN, MA – Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-05) announced today that the American Rescue Plan includes $4 million for the Woburn Public School district, a portion of the over $3.1 billion in emergency education funding to support Massachusetts schools and families.
"When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law last month, we knew that help was on the way. Today, I'm happy to announce just how substantial that aid will be for Woburn schools, families, and child care providers," said Assistant Speaker Clark. "With this funding, Woburn schools, and schools across the district, will be able to open their doors and provide essential services to keep the entire school community safe. This pandemic and its physical, emotional, and economic fallout have made life increasingly hard for students and families, but this funding provides vital relief to get the Commonwealth and country back on its feet."
"The bipartisan action that Congress took to pass the ARP will impact the Woburn Public Schools and the City of Woburn in so many positive ways," said Matthew Crowley, Superintendent of Schools for the Woburn Public Schools. "Not only will we be able to provide much-needed academic and social-emotional support for our students who were most impacted by the pandemic, but we will also be able to hire the best and brightest from our community to provide this support. Never before have I seen such an investment in what is right for our kids and schools."
In total, Massachusetts will receive an estimated $512,000,000 for child care providers and families, $13,628,000 for Head Start programs, $1,830,128,000 for K-12 schools, and $825,467,000 for higher education institutions.
Nationwide, the American Rescue Plan provides:
- More than $120 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which will give schools the resources they need to reopen safely for in-person instruction and address the significant impact of the pandemic on students' education and well-being.
- $40 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which is awarded directly to institutions of higher education. At least half of the funding institutions receive must be distributed to students in the form of emergency grants to prevent hunger, homelessness, and other hardships caused by COVID-19.
- $39 billion in supplemental funding for child care, which will help child care providers keep their doors open and reduce costs for struggling families.
- $1 billion in emergency funding for Head Start, which will be used to maintain access to services for children and families.
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