$31m to rebuild PSS, NMC

Dec 23, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education announced that the CNMI Public School System and Northern Marianas College are receiving $9.3 million and $21.9 million respectively from funds appropriated by Congress in Public Law 116-20. The PSS grant helps cover the costs of restarting school operations and provide monetary incentives to recruit and retain teachers impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu. The Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education grant will help NMC reconstruct damaged facilities. It is critical that schools receive disaster recovery assistance without delay which is why I held a hearing as Chair of the K-12 Education Subcommittee in June just days after Congress approved Marianas disaster funds so Department officials could hear directly from then-PSS Commissioner Glenn Muna on our students' needs. On August 29, 2019, the Department awarded PSS $4 million of the $9.3 million grant to address immediate recovery.