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Some states may kick in extra money, but school districts will likely have to cut other programs or shrink the size of their tutoring programs to make the finances work.

The department is currently helping 25 Spanish-speaking applicants. But funding for the team will run out in September unless state lawmakers step in.

“How fair is it to identify a concern but then not have the resources to address the concern?” one social worker asked the school board.

As of October, at least 90,000 food benefits remained unused in New York City, totaling at least $35 million in unspent funds.

With COVID relief funds set to end and modest increases in local revenue, the Illinois education budget likely won’t see major increases in the upcoming years.

Denver Public Schools is spending federal COVID money on a curriculum of mental health activities to help reduce students’ anxiety.

From an Armenian preschool to emergency loans, CIRCLE grants funded more than 200 projects around the state.

Parents, schools, and community organizations say many families aren’t receiving the information they need to take advantage of the benefits.

“This is not at all what we are seeing in any shape or form,” said Mary Alice Cohen, of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood.

Esto significa que por lo menos $35 millones en beneficios potenciales siguen sin utilizarse y podrían caducar a principios del año que viene.

Districts across the nation, including Chicago, have been bracing for financial challenges as their pandemic relief dollars run out.

P-EBT funds have been doled out in recent years to help cover meal costs for families whose students usually receive free meals at school.

With the deadline to spend federal COVID money coming in September 2024, educators, advocates, and lobbyists urged the state to add more funding for schools in the 2025 budget.

Some districts used pandemic aid to shore up their budgets amid enrollment declines. They’ll no longer have that option late next year.

The virtual tutoring can vary from school to school, and can be used to fill vacant positions, offer academic interventions, or provide SAT prep.

Some principals say the program is paying off and want to find funding to keep it going.

Here’s what we know: high-poverty schools face a bigger cliff, that more federal money won’t be forthcoming, and that school budgets will be shaped both by districts’ own financial decisions and those made by state politicians.