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Last $500,000 in New Castle Co. CARES Act money allocated to public school teachers

Delaware Public Media

New Castle County is giving out some of its federal coronavirus relief money to teachers.

The County is partnering with the education donation platform DonorsChoose to offer up to $1,000 per teacher for coronavirus-related expenses—such as software or flexible seating to help with distancing.

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer says the goal is to help teachers adapt to virtual, hybrid or even in-person school.

“The resources that they need are different than the resources they need in a normal school year,” said Meyer. “Classroom teachers in this day and age, I think everybody knows, are forced to be very dynamic, to be creative.”

Teachers must apply by Tuesday, Nov. 24. The money will be awarded Nov. 30.

Statewide teachers union president Stephanie Ingram says the money can only be used for COVID related projects like new technology.

“Technology that they might need for remote and hybrid learning that they haven’t been given by their district,” said Ingram. “Other items that they can use in their classroom or even at home as they’re creating lessons and thinking about what it looks like going forward.”

The County has set aside $500,000 of its federal coronavirus relief money for teachers. County officials say all of the nearly $322 million New Castle County received from the CARES Act is now budgeted. The County must spend the money by Dec. 30.

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