When the Camp Fire roared through the town of Paradise in November of 2018, 14 schools were either damaged or destroyed by the flames. The fire also temporarily forced the closure of 99 schools and displaced nearly 32,000 students, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
On Tuesday Thurmond announced that his office has a made arrangements with the Microsoft Corporation to pay $973,868 to the Paradise Unified School District for rebuilding efforts following that destructive and deadly wildfire. This is money left over from a voucher program created as the result of a $1.1 billion settlement in 2003 which required Microsoft to reimbursed California consumers for antitrust violations.
"Butte County educators and their communities suffered greatly during and after the Camp Fire. They have also worked heroically and selflessly toward helping students," said Thurmond. "I'm proud of the work the CDE is continuing to do in assisting students and educators in Paradise and surrounding communities. This grant will help Paradise Unified rebuild schools and support its education infrastructure."