NEWS BITE: Schools Spend Big on COVID-19 ‘Learning Loss’ Programs

Federal Dollars Pour into Anything Claiming to Combat Academic Gaps
Elementary Students in Masks Line Up for Temperature Checks
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School districts across the country are now addressing the financial consequences of shutting down their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, the Arkansas Department of Education gave $11.3 million in American Rescue Plan federal money for 84 after-school programs to address COVID-related learning loss.

The Pittsburgh public school board agreed at its Oct. 26 meeting to pay up to $173,769 to vendors for after school programs for seven of its 54 schools.  The federal money will be used to “address learning loss in response to the academic, social, emotional and mental health needs of students and subgroups of students impacted by COVID-19 public health emergency.” The programs will be paid for using federal COVID relief funds.

Tom Gantert
Tom Gantert worked at many daily newspapers including the Ann Arbor News, Lansing State Journal and USA Today. Gantert was the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential for five years before joining The Center Square.

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