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Superintendent Woods to Biden administration: Allow school districts to cover rising fuel costs with K-12 relief funds

 State School Superintendent Richard Woods has issued the following statement in response to world events that have led to escalating fuel costs, including the suspension of Russian energy imports announced today:

"As we stand committed to keeping schools open and learning going, it's essential that school districts be given the flexibility to keep up with rising diesel costs due to unfolding world events.

I'm immediately calling on the U.S. Department of Education to specifically clarify that school districts can utilize their federal K-12 COVID relief (ESSER) funds to directly cover the rising cost of transporting our students.

Georgia school districts, particularly ones in rural areas of our state, need this relief now."​