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Billions of Federal Funds Are Coming to Schools. How Should They Spend Them?

BY debraabritt
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Marguerite Roza and Chad Aldeman
Published May 19, 2021 by Route Fifty

Over the past year, Congress has invested nearly $200 billion to support K–12 education. School district leaders now face tough decisions about how to maximize those investments. Will they hire more teachers, pay existing teachers more to lengthen the school year or something else?

If history repeats itself, most of that money will go toward adding more staff. The question is whether hiring more staff now would be the best way to help students recover from a year’s worth of pandemic schooling.

In this commentary, Marguerite Roza and Chad Aldeman explore why school district leaders should consider investing money differently to meet the needs of students in this moment.


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