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Salem-Keizer to get an additional $151M in federal funds


Oregon’s application for the last of three rounds of federal relief money for K-12 schools has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and Salem-Keizer Public Schools will get more than $150 million of it. 

The state’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, also known as ARP ESSER, application received the stamp of approval, the department announced Thursday, bringing an additional $374 million to schools. 

With this final disbursement, the state will have received $1.1 billion to help schools recover from the impacts of the pandemic. 

“Oregon’s ESSER state plan provides opportunities to deepen partnerships while addressing the challenges brought on by COVID-19, poverty, systemic racism, wildfires, loss of power and the hundreds of ways we struggle to respond to the wholeness of students, families, educators and school leaders,” said Carmen Xiomara Urbina, deputy director of ODE in a news release.


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