Funds will help schools reopen and expand summer programs to help students catch up
With the influx of federal aid, American schools are weighing how to use resources to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic and solve problems that existed before the coronavirus.
The aid approved last month was $1.23 billion, which is a staggering figure that will double the amount of federal funding that certain regions receive in a year. The money will help the school reopen and expand the summer program to help students catch up. It also provides opportunities to engage in programs that have long been considered too expensive, such as intensive counseling, mental health services, and important curriculum updates.
Nathan Kuder, chief financial officer of Boston Public Schools, said: “This seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to make a major investment,” and he expects to receive $275 million.
But spending decisions are very risky. If important needs are ignored or money does not bring about significant improvement, the school may be frustrated by the community and politicians who influence its funding sources. At the same time, schools must be careful not to have too many dreams and bear the long-term costs they cannot afford.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona (Miguel Cardona) said that help will enable schools to “press the reset button” and deal with the challenges that have long plagued the country’s education system. He said that schools can train teachers in social and emotional learning and work hard to eliminate persistent racial differences in education.
The areas with the highest concentration of poverty will receive the most assistance. Public schools in some cities, including Los Angeles and Philadelphia, are expected to earn more than $1 billion in revenue. This money is in addition to more than $67 billion provided to schools in other aid programs during the pandemic.