COVID Stimulus

The state plans to invest in child care buildings, educator training, and startup grants.
It will be welcome news for school leaders worried about inflation and supply chain issues.
Many schools saw an uptick in ninth graders repeating the grade this year. Now educators are trying to step in sooner to help struggling freshmen.
Questions remain about how the city will spend the remainder of billions in federal COVID stimulus funding on New York City’s school system.
Lawmakers said the proposal will ultimately help providers and lower costs for families — though not right away.
Other priorities include staff training, classroom supplies, and technology.
Michigan schools received $6 billion in federal COVID relief money to help students and staff recovery from the pandemic.
With the end of the school year approaching, NYC schools have spent just about half of this year’s COVID relief, according to a comptroller report.
Dubbed enrichment scholarships, Indiana’s voucher-like program will provide each student who qualifies through their score on state tests a $500 grant toward tutoring.
Schools have a lot of flexibility in using the influx of federal money — and just a few years to spend it.
Colorado lawmakers unveiled a package of bills to help people earn degrees and credentials in less time and in fields with high-paying jobs.
Schools and states have faced hiring and scheduling challenges as they launch large-scale tutoring initiatives.
The district has only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
The district promises extensive public engagement in a process that could result in recommendations to close some schools.
Denver Public Schools is spending $8 million of its federal coronavirus relief funds this year and next year to fill gaps in school budgets caused by lower student counts.
They have run up against the national labor shortage and supply chain issues.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal would give Newark more than $1 billion in state aid.
The largest chunk — about $1.9 billion — will be for an expansion of the city’s pre-K program for 3-year-olds over the next several years.
The contracts with the tutoring companies are outcomes-based, meaning they only get paid the full amount if students make academic progress.
Indiana has earmarked millions of federal dollars to train more special education teachers as a shortage looms.
Tutoring and enrichment programs require finding staff to work extra hours in a moment when educators feel overworked.
Indianapolis Public Schools is receiving free rapid tests through a federal program and bought additional tests with federal relief money.
There’s evidence that such projects will benefit students, but some may have only a tenuous connection to COVID.
A review of the schools’ spending plans shows the money will go toward ventilation systems, tutoring, technology, counselors, and much more.
Detroit superintendent says funding is helpful but the real problem is a testing shortage.
Districts had to post plans, but federal and state tracking has been limited.
Here are resources at the district, state, and national level for tracking federal COVID spending.
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