Idaho governor restores $99 million in education funding

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little is restoring $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor also said Friday that another $50 million will be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce while their children learn amid pandemic challenges.

The program will provide $1,500 per child with a maximum of $3,500 per family.

The money is coming from Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the $2.2 trillion federal emergency relief package approved earlier this year.

Johns Hopkins University says Idaho has nearly 35,000 infections and just over 400 deaths through Thursday.