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White House Educational Excellence for African Americans

As you know, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) continues to provide resources and information to students, parents, educators, borrowers, and community leaders to address the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and support the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To this extent, ED has continually updated ed.gov/coronavirus with frequently asked questions, resources, and information. It is the best source of information for changes happening at ED.

Secretary DeVos and the Department recently announced additional CARES Act funding and other opportunities at ED that include the following:

  • New Grant Competition to Spark Student-Centered, Agile Learning Opportunities to Support Recovery from National Emergency
    • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced more than $300 million in discretionary grant funds will be available for states to use to create adaptable, innovative learning opportunities for K–12 and postsecondary learners in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. The grants will be divided between two competitions, the Rethink K–12 School Models Grant and the Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant, and funded through the Education Stabilization Fund, authorized by the CARES Act. 
  • CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, TCCUs and Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students
    • The Department announced nearly $1.4 billion in additional CARES Act funds that will be directed to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to support students with cash grants and ensure learning continues for all during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools
    • ED released FAQs on Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools under the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorized the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF), which is a new appropriation of approximately $30.75 billion that creates funding streams for several distinct education programs that address the impact of COVID-19 on educational services across the Nation. Under these programs, the Department will make awards to Governors, State educational agencies (SEAs), and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the devastating effects of COVID-19.
  • “Unconferences” and Student Challenge Promote Distance Learning
    • ED’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and education technology developers will host a series of free day-long “unconferences” for educators, parents, and students. These events will highlight state-of-the-art approaches to teaching and learning, and sessions will focus on innovative approaches to implementing the interventions in low-resource settings. For registration and more information visit Inside IES Research. Upcoming Virtual Unconferences in Education include:
      • Science: Friday May 21
      • Special Education (date to be determined)

One thing to note that has happened recently at another federal agency that may impact educational excellence for the African American community includes:

  • $40 Million in Funding Available to Minority, Rural and Socially Vulnerable Communities for Linkages to Services, Information and Education
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced a competitive funding opportunity to invest up to $40 million for the development and coordination of a strategic network of national, state, territorial, tribal and local organizations to deliver important COVID-19-related information to racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

Please continue to visit ed.gov/coronavirus for updated information. If you have any education-related questions, comments or concerns related to COVID-19, please send them to the U.S. Department of Education using the following email address: COVID-19@ed.gov.

For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.gov and for information on how agencies across the federal government are responding to the national emergency, please visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

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