CC0 Public Domain
Asumag 8201 Dollars Background 1462001372fmm 0

Florida gets $95.8 million in federal aid for enrolling displaced students from Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Sept. 6, 2018
Reimbursement includes $12 million for the Orange County district, which took in about 4,000 students fleeing hurricane devastation.

Florida will receive $95.8 million in federal aid to reimburse schools for taking in students displaced last year by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s office announced in a news release that $46.8 million of the funds will be distributed to school districts; most of the rest will go directly to the state.

The Orange County (Fla.) district, which enrolled about 4,000 displaced students, will receive $12,022,641, the most of any school system. In total, 52 Florida counties will receive funding and 13 counties will receive more than $1 million.

"Tens of thousands of American families from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands relocated to Florida, and thousands of children and youth enrolled in our schools after the school year had started," Murphy says. "This required the State and counties to spend more money than they anticipated spending at the start of the school year. As a result of our effort in Congress, the federal government is now making our state and our school districts whole again.” 

Other school districts that are receiving sizable reimbursements:

•Osceola County, about $5 million

•Broward County, $4.4 million

•Miami-Dade County, $4.2 million

•Collier County, $3.1 million

•Palm Beach County $1.8 million

•Polk County $1.7 million

•Volusia County $1.4 million

•Hillsborough County $1.4 million

•Lee County $1.2 million

•Lake County $1.2 million

•Pinellas County, $1.2 million

In addition to the funding for K-12 schools, Murphy's efforts have resulted in $75 million in funding for colleges and universities around the nation that enrolled students forced to relocate because of hurricanes.

Sponsored Recommendations

Providing solutions that help creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Discover why we’re a one-stop shop for all things education. See how ODP Business Solutions can help empower your students, school, and district to succeed by supporting healthier...

Building Futures: Transforming K–12 Learning Environments for Tomorrow's Leaders

Discover how ODP Business Solutions® Workspace Interiors partnered with a pioneering school system, overcoming supply chain challenges to furnish 18 new K–12 campuses across 4...

How to design flexible learning spaces that teachers love and use

Unlock the potential of flexible learning spaces with expert guidance from school districts and educational furniture providers. Discover how to seamlessly integrate adaptive ...

Blurring the Lines in Education Design: K–12 to Higher Ed to Corporate America

Discover the seamless integration of educational and corporate design principles, shaping tomorrow's leaders from kindergarten to boardroom. Explore innovative classroom layouts...