By Paying Stipends to Schools’ Teaching Staff, Districts Can Add Learning Time Without Breaking the Bank

Chad Aldeman
Published May 3, 2021 on The 74

The $190 billion in federal relief funds presents school district leaders with a conundrum. They might want to add time for students, whether through tutoring, summer school or an extended school day or year, but this is one-time federal money, and programs like these often entail taking on recurring labor costs.

So how do districts get more labor without locking themselves into long-term financial obligations? As Marguerite Roza has suggested, one option is to offer current teachers a stipend to take on additional hours. In this commentary at The 74, Chad Aldeman does the math on what that could mean for students, educators, and districts.


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