Gov. Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon are directing $210 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to Maryland schools and students, they announced Monday.

"For six straight years, we have provided historically high state funding for our schools, while fighting for more accountability for Maryland parents, teachers, and taxpayers, and working to achieve better results for our children," Hogan said in a statement. "Education has been, and will continue to be, our administration's highest priority. While many states have already seen significant cuts and layoffs, in Maryland, we are going to do everything we possibly can to level-fund K-12 education.”

With this announcement, a total of $255 million in federal funds have been allocated to schools during the crisis.

“Long-standing gaps in educational opportunity and access have been further exposed and widened by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Salmon said. “Our goal with these resources is to give local school systems the support and flexibility to help ensure that students most impacted during the crisis receive intense focus and priority in our recovery efforts. I want to thank the governor for recognizing the importance of these initiatives as we work to support our students, educators, parents, and community partners.” Read more at WBAL