Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. Michael will be the second major hurricane in just over two weeks to disrupt schools.
The donation comes as Flint city and school leaders continue to grapple with the fallout from a contaminated-water crisis that began in 2015. The filtration systems, which will be installed by January, should allow students to once again district students and staff to drink from and fill up water bottles.
Out of appeals after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their case, two former Atlanta educators will soon head to prison to begin serving sentences for their 2015 convictions in the widespread cheating scandal in the city's schools.
Lawmakers Approve Bills to Pay Teachers and Waive School Days in Districts Hit by Hurricane Florence
The North Carolina legislature's aid to districts affected by Hurricane Florence came the same day the U.S. Department of Education announced approximately $2 million in grants to aid low-income students in North Carolina and about $800,000 for similar students in South Carolina.
The district's school board chose Ron Cabrera, a former Denver principal and superintendent in a neighboring district, to serve as interim district chief as it searches for a permanent replacement for Tom Boasberg, who leaves on Oct. 19.
Lynn Redden, former superintendent of the Onalaska school district, posted on comment on the Houston Chronicle's Facebook page after a Houston Texans loss to the Tennessee Titans that "...you can't count on a black quarterback." The Titans' quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is black.
The state's General Assembly may consider a Hurricane Florence relief package, which will likely "forgive" school districts in disaster areas for missed school days and allow teachers and others who missed work because of Hurricane Florence to maintain their salaries without having to dip into their vacation days.
Hurricane Florence, which made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., on Friday morning, has been downgraded to a tropical storm. More than a million students have been impacted by school closures.
Districts serving more than 800,000 students have already closed in anticipation of the Category 4 storm. Florence could be the first Category 4 storm to hit the Carolinas since Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
If Hurricane Florence keeps its current course, the Carolina coast could start receiving tropical storm force winds as early as Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.