Idaho governor restores $99 million in education funding

Idaho Gov. Brad Little gestures during a news conference ,Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Gov. Little said the state will remain under restrictions in the fourth and final stage of his reopening plan for another two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little is restoring $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor also said Friday that another $50 million will be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce while their children learn amid pandemic challenges.

The program will provide $1,500 per child with a maximum of $3,500 per family.

The money is coming from Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the $2.2 trillion federal emergency relief package approved earlier this year. Johns Hopkins University says Idaho has nearly 35,000 infections and just over 400 deaths through Thursday.

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