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Idaho OKs contract to distribute low-income education money

Idaho officials on Monday approved a contract with Florida-based vendor ClassWallet to distribute $50 million in federal coronavirus emergency money to low-income families to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Idaho State Board of Education awarded the no-bid contract Monday that with various fees will cost the state about $2 million to administer.

The program will provide up to $1,500 per child with a maximum of $3,500 per family and help about 30,000 kids. The program starts Wednesday, and families can apply between then and Dec. 8. Applications will go out in waves based on need until the money runs out.

The board unanimously signed off on the contract that’s part of the Strong Families, Strong Students initiative program put forward by Republican Gov. Brad Little.

The money is intended to make it less likely for parents to leave the workforce or dip into household money

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