Education department grants buoy remote instruction, even as Trump and DeVos push for campuses to reopen

Chalkbeat: Tennessee will provide grants to parents to pay for tutoring for young children. Rhode Island will expand its online courses for elementary and high school students. New York will train nearly 200,000 teachers on conducting remote instruction.That’s how some of the 11 winning states plan to use their portion of $180 million in federal education department grants.

The grants, announced Wednesday, amount to a tiny fraction of the over $13 billion that Congress allocated to K-12 education as part of the CARES Act. But the competition has been closely watched because it appeared to be an attempt by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to advance one of her favored policy priorities — creating alternatives to public school districts.

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