By: John Fritsch-Smith, ABC News – Sept. 1, 2019 09:12:59Students, teachers, parents and community members will be able to apply to attend school in the United States this fall for the first time.
The National Governors Association announced that it is inviting public schools to apply for federal funding to reopen in August.
The NGA has partnered with the National Council of State Legislatures and the National Governors Education Association to apply funding for schools that open in the fall.
The application process for schools opens Thursday for students who attend a school in one of six states that won a lottery to apply.
Schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will also be eligible for federal money.
In the past, the U.S. Department of Education has offered more than $4 billion to states that closed schools.
The department will also provide $500,000 for schools in California that close for fiscal year 2019.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said in a statement that schools will have until July 1 to apply by mail or online.