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Buffalo, other schools reimbursed for educating hurricane victims

Buffalo Public Schools will receive $2.76 million to help underwrite the education of 512 students displaced by natural disasters in the last year.

The grant, part of $15.9 million the state Education Department awarded to 185 school districts, will help pay for the education of the displaced children in the 2017-18 school year.

“Even with no records, school districts across the state provided educational services, free meals and individualized academic supports so students could return to stable learning environments as quickly as possible," said Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The funds were authorized under the Federal Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students program and cover students affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria or the 2017 California wildfires.

Also receiving funding are: Clarence, for two students, $4,250; Hamburg, two students, $11,250; Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, six students, $32,000; Lake Shore, one student, $6,375; Maryvale, one student, $2,250; Niagara Falls, 16 students, $75,000; Niagara Wheatfield, two students, $13,875; South Buffalo Charter, two students, $4,500; Starpoint, one student, $6,750; Tonawanda, two students, $5,000; and Williamsville, four students, $26,250.

"New York’s schools rose to the challenge and embraced these children, providing them with needed services. With these grants, these schools will be better equipped to continue to provide vital supports for our students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said.

The state will reimburse districts up to $9,000 for each eligible displaced student who is an English language learner; $10,000 for each displaced student who is a child with a disability; and $8,500 for each student who is neither, according to the state Education Department. The amounts may be prorated based on the portion of the school year a student was enrolled in the district.

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