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Orange schools to get $12 million for enrolling hurricane-displaced students

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Washington, September 4, 2018 | comments

Orlando Sentinel

Orange County’s school district will receive $12 million in reimbursement for taking in K-12 students from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands last year, topping the list of Florida counties set to receive the federal funds.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s office revealed the funding breakdown Tuesday. In total, state and local governments will receive $95.8 million to cover the costs of enrolling displaced students.

Roughly half of that money, $47.7 million, will go to state coffers, with the remaining $46.8 million going to local school districts in 52 of Florida’s 67 counties, including several in Central Florida.

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Last year’s hurricanes — including Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico — brought thousands of displaced students to Central Florida schools, putting a strain on resources in some counties. Murphy, D-Winter Park, led a bipartisan effort for the funding.

“I’m proud to have secured these federal investments in our young people, helping to support Florida school districts who did the right thing and took in students displaced by Hurricane Maria,” she said in a statement.

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