Kansas to spend bulk of federal virus aid on education

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Kansas anticipates getting at least $1.1 billion from the latest federal coronavirus relief and expects to spend about half of it on K-12 schools, higher education and grants for child care.

State data shows about $168 million is earmarked for testing, tracing and mitigation. Another $26 million is planned for vaccine distribution. How the money is spent is dictated by federal law.

The new funding, which follows $1.03 billion in federal aid received last year, arrives as the state is working to speed up vaccinations. Gov. Laura Kelly received her second dose Wednesday and used the occasion to urge continued caution, saying “we all must remain vigilant.”