- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 4, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking opinions from various people and groups as it drafts a plan for how to spend federal aid.

Officials are gathering input from stakeholders as it develops plans to use its portion of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, a statement from the agency said. The Education Department is asking students, families, educators, civil rights organizations and others to take an eight-question survey that will be offered in English and Spanish through May 7.

The survey asks about top issues students are facing and needs they have that are related to impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

Kentucky public schools will receive more than $2 billion in relief funds, officials said. The Education Department wants input from a diverse group so it can create a plan that is responsive to the needs of students, families and educators, the statement said.

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