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September 18, 2020

FEMA Awards $2 Billion to Help Repair Puerto Rico's Schools

Puerto Rico's schools struggled with basic infrastructure needs long before Hurricane Maria, but the 2017 storm made the situation worse.

July 17, 2020

Education Department Restricts Puerto Rico's Access to COVID-19 School Aid

"The department cannot ignore the longstanding challenges that have been associated with Puerto Rico and PRDE's fiscal management of federal funds," a top Education Department official told Puerto Rican officials.

February 24, 2020

Judge Rejects Ex-Puerto Rico Schools Chief's Bid to Relocate Fraud Trial

A judge has denied a request by Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico's former secretary of education, to have her trial moved from the U.S. territory to the mainland.

January 19, 2020

Puerto Rican Teacher on Earthquakes: 'It's More Difficult Than Maria'

The Puerto Rican government announced Jan. 17, roughly three weeks after earthquakes began hitting the island, that of the 561 schools that had been inspected for damage, 326 were deemed eligible to open.

January 16, 2020

New Julia Keleher Arrest Involves Charge Company Acquired Part of a Public School

In a federal indictment, Keleher is accused of using her position as education secretary to get a sweetheart deal on an apartment, in exchange for allowing a company to acquire public school land.

January 08, 2020

Puerto Rico Schools Shut Down After Earthquakes Strike Island

Puerto Rico's schools were closed Wednesday as the U.S. territory continued to take stock of damage caused by a series of earthquakes, and it's not clear when they'll reopen.

December 12, 2019

Why Julia Keleher Doesn't Want Her Fraud Trial to Be in Puerto Rico

The former education secretary of Puerto Rico who was arrested on fraud charges last summer said the media environment and public awareness of her situation will make it impossible for her to get a fair shake on the island.

November 05, 2019

Lawmakers Seek Funding Fix to Help Students Who've Left Puerto Rico

Schools that have welcomed students relocating from Puerto Rico after devastating storms in 2017 are not receiving their fair share of federal aid, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers says.

August 19, 2019

Questions About Education Contracts Shake Up Puerto Rico Yet Again

The president of Puerto Rico's teachers' union said her decision to step down was not connected to questions about her husband's contracts with the U.S. territory's Department of Education.

July 19, 2019

Audit of Puerto Rico Education Dept. Finds Lack of Oversight for Disaster Aid

Puerto Rico's education department "lacks critical mechanisms for safeguarding Restart and other Federal program funds from fraud, waste, and abuse," the U.S. Department of Education's office of inspector general says.

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