Rep. Ilhan Omar Visits Neill Elementary to Discuss American Rescue Plan
Congress recently passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. That package included more than $1 billion to help Minnesota schools deal with various aspects of the pandemic.
Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D) Minnesota, visited the Robbinsdale School District to see how they’ll benefit from the aid.
“We took the needs they told us about and advocated for resources to be released within the American Rescue Plan, and now we’re seeing the early stages of the implementation, and it’s really good,” Omar said.
Tuesday, Congresswoman Omar toured Neill Elementary in the Robbinsdale School District and met with the Dr. Stephanie Burrage, the interim superintendent, to talk about the aid package and the challenges they’ve faced since the start of the pandemic.
Burrage says the district will get about $9 million, (a district spokesperson, however, says they haven’t received official confirmation of the amount). The money will help fund staffing, transportation, and optional summer school programs for all students in the district.
“We have survived a global pandemic, everyone across the United States, across this world,” Burrage said. “So to be able now to have students back on site and not take a break, to be here and to be able to educate students in June and July, that typically does not happen. Typically we’ve done it for a third of our students, but now we’re gonna do it for all. That is a huge, huge deal.”
The superintendent said the district also received another $3 million from the federal CARES Act.