Hassan, Collins say they retained education program funding

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Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 2:53 PM EST
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Sens. Susan Collins and Maggie Hassan say they’ve reversed a U.S. Department of Education decision that jeopardized funding for nearly 200 rural, low-income school districts.

A provision that the senators negotiated prevents a funding cliff for the Rural Education Achievement Program, the only dedicated federal funding stream supporting rural schools.

It was included in the year-end government funding bill that was signed into law. It saves more than $2 million in funding for rural schools in Maine and New Hampshire.

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