This story was originally published on My Radio Place, an online media center for six radio stations in northern Arizona, on October 15, 2020.

Following a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, school leaders, parents and students, Governor Doug Ducey announced an additional $500,000 to continue expanding efforts across the state to increase high quality education options. The funding, which comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief or GEER Fund, will be distributed by A for Arizona through its Expansion and Innovation Fund. The funds will support the creation of effective small learning models and community partnerships that target students and families in need. In June, A for Arizona received $1-million to issue microgrants to support innovative programs to continue educating Arizona students. 

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