Department will give up to $1.5 million to school districts in Louisiana hardest hit by recent flooding. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

The Department of Education announced Friday that it will give up to $1.5 million to school districts in Louisiana hardest hit by recent flooding.

“This will support the state’s recovery efforts as it works to restore the learning environment for students across the state,” federal secretary of Education John King said while visiting Baton Rouge, La.

The announcement comes one day after the department announced more than $5 million in grants for school districts affected by rioting to establish mental health programs for students traumatized by “civil unrest.” That money is going to students in Baltimore, Chicago and St. Louis.

The Louisiana Department of Education will decide how to distribute the flood-related funds to schools and school districts. The funds will be available for a wide range of purposes, including temporary classroom space and mental health services for students.

Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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