Georgia teachers to receive ‘back-to-school’ supplements for supplies

By Dave Williams, Capitol Beat

Georgia teachers stocking up on supplies for the new school year will get some help from the state, according to an announcement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.

Kemp announced July 29 that every full-time public-school teacher in Georgia will receive a $125 supplement to help them get their students back to in-person learning coming out of the pandemic.

The money will be provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Program, a federal pandemic-relief fund established by Congress in 2020.

“Through wise investments and policies that empower families while supporting teachers, students and faculty will return to the classroom stronger and safer than ever for the first full school year not impacted by distanced or remote learning,” said Kemp.

“We hope this $125 ‘Back-to-School Supply Supplement’ will aid in these efforts and help us close the learning loss gap caused by the pandemic.”

Kemp said the supplement also will go to school staff members who work to provide instructional and supportive services directly to students.

The money can be used to buy materials, supplies, or other items that can be used to supplement classroom materials, address learning loss, or mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  

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