Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Friday that her department is awarding Broward County Public Schools a $1 million grant to support recovery after the February 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
The grant is for schools that have been affected by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which also left many other people injured and the community in a state of shock and grief.
DeVos said in a statement:
"My heart is broken for the students, teachers and families who have had to endure this unthinkable tragedy. I am committed to helping identify solutions to prevent another tragedy like this one from happening again."
The funds come from the department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, which provides funds to schools and colleges to help in the recovery of a violent or traumatic event.
This week, Florida officials asked the U.S. Justice Department for a $1 million grant to help defray costs from the immediate aftermath of the shootings, including overtime pay for public workers, investigative efforts and capital expenses.
According to the program's website, SERV funds can be used for events such as:
- shootings or other serious violent incidents in schools, such as stabbings
- suicides of students, faculty members and/or staff
- hate crimes committed against students, faculty members and/or staff
- homicide of students, faculty members, and/or staff off cam