TPS Could Get Up to $60 Million From Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

Tuesday, January 5th 2021, 8:41 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa Public Schools could receive up to $60 million in federal funding from the latest COVID-19 relief package.

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist made the announcement during Monday night's school board meeting. She said the district still needs to find out some more details regarding the money, but she said she's grateful TPS will receive a financial boost. "That is a very significant amount of money. That will give us a chance to begin to plan for educational recovery that needs to happen for our students, who've been experiencing this pandemic in a lot of distance learning."

This latest round of money, which Gist admits could be anywhere between $50 million and $60 million, is significantly more than the $16 million the district said it received in early 2020. The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, which Congress approved last March, put $44 billion toward education.

However, this latest COVID-19 relief package, which is worth $900 billion and signed by President Trump on December 27, is expected to give $82 billion to education.

The district said it is now waiting to find out when it will receive its portion of the coronavirus relief package.