CARSON CITY (KTNV) — On Sunday, the Nevada Assembly passed an amendment to a budget bill that would route CARES Act funding to education by helping students most impacted by school closures.
Amendment 7 to Assembly Bill 3 passed in a 36-6 vote and will now head to the Senate Chambers.
The amendment means AB3 now directs $50 million of CARES Act funding to a grant program that would support students hurting the most from the loss of in-person instruction.
Gov. Steve Sisolak released the following statement regarding the passage of the amendment:
I am proud that we were able to work with the Speaker of the Assembly and Majority Leader of the Senate to expedite the delivery of $50 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to the Nevada Department of Education for a new education grant program that will help students most impacted by the loss of in-person instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program included under A.B. 3 represents our shared priorities to support education and healthcare with all financial resources available.
While we may not be allowed under federal restrictions to use CRF dollars to fund budgeted programs reduced or eliminated due to the state’s dramatic revenue shortfall, we can use these dollars for new programs to help those directly impacted by COVID-19. We will continue to consult with the legislature on allocating the remaining CRF dollars before December 30th in compliance with federal guidelines to support Nevada’s COVID-19 public health and economic recovery response.