Full-time public school teachers and staff who provide daily “instructional and supportive” services will get a message from a platform called ClassWallet soon about how to access the money.
Kemp has $59.7 million left in his federal educational relief fund. His office didn’t release the total cost of this new distribution, but the allocation for the same grant last spring totaled $15.4 million.
Kemp, a Republican, locked in a tight reelection campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams, has targeted support from teachers to remain in office. In May, he signed a $30.2 billion state spending plan that includes a $2,000 pay raise for teachers, completing a 2018 campaign pledge to raise their pay by $5,000.
Abrams spokesman Alex Floyd cast the new grants as a campaign ploy.
“Brian Kemp is interested in helping his campaign — not helping teachers who have already had to shell out money for classroom supplies this year,” Floyd said. He added that Abrams has committed to raising teacher pay even more, having pledged in the spring to increase it by $11,000.
Staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article