(The Center Square) – Georgia plans to give state teachers an extra $125 to offset the cost of classroom materials and ostensibly help students bounce back from learning losses suffered amid the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
However, Georgian officials cannot say how much money in total the state plans to give to public school teachers under the “Back to School Supply Supplement” program.
Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, announced the initiative targeting teachers and full-time public school staff “who work to provide instruction and support services directly to students on a daily basis.” Under the plan, they can use the money to buy “age-appropriate” educational materials and supplies that help students.
“We hope this $125 ‘Back to School Supply Supplement’ will aid in these efforts and help us close the learning loss gap caused by the pandemic,” Kemp said in a statement. “When it comes to protecting our children and their bright future, we will not give up or slow down. This work will continue into the new school year and beyond.”
Spokespersons for the governor and the Georgia Department of Education could not confirm the total award amount. According to the Georgia Department of Education website, there are more than 119,000 teachers in Georgia and the total amount awarded could exceed $14 million.
The state is tapping into the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund for the money. Georgia has approximately $59.7 million in GEER funds.