Maine among states suing US education department over virus relief funds for schools

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Maine among states suing US education department over virus relief funds for schools

Maine is among five states suing the U.S. Department of Education over pandemic relief funds. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the attorneys general of California and Michigan said the department run by Secretary Betsy DeVos is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert them to private schools. Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have joined the lawsuit. They said the department’s interim final rule would allow public schools that charge tuition similar to private colleges to get funds based on the total population they serve.

Maine is among five states suing the U.S. Department of Education over pandemic relief funds.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, the attorneys general of California and Michigan said the department run by Secretary Betsy DeVos is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert them to private schools.

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Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia have joined the lawsuit.

They said the department’s interim final rule would allow public schools that charge tuition similar to private colleges to get funds based on the total population they serve.