Education Department Awards $2 Million in Emergency Aid to Puerto Rico Schools

POLITICO Pro reports, the Education Department will award Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged public schools $2 million in emergency recovery funds, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told officials during a visit there on Nov. 8.

The funds will come in the form of a Project School Emergency Response to Violence grant, which the department awards to school systems recovering from a “violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.”

During her visit to the island, DeVos toured a school that serves students with disabilities, Loaiza Cordero Santurce, in the capital city of San Juan.

“It’s very important that Secretary DeVos becomes personally acquainted with the situation in Puerto Rico, so that when she is asked to speak about the state of education here, or when she presents or defends budget requests, she is clear and makes decisions based on her experience,” Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary Julia Keleher said.

Keleher and Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, joined DeVos on the school visit and later met to talk about the needs of the recovering school system. DeVos will also travel to St. Thomas to meet with U.S. Virgin Islands education officials.

By Mel Leonor