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Let Schools, Not District Offices, Decide How to Spend Some Federal Aid

BY debraabritt
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Marguerite Roza and Jessica Swanson
Published June 11, 2021 on Education Next

District leaders are under pressure to wisely—and quickly—spend an unprecedented pot of federal education relief aid to support students and their learning. Leaders are weighing top-down, systemwide summer programs, high-dose tutoring and more. But there’s another obvious and thoughtful option to consider, write Marguerite Roza and Jessica Swanson: giving some of those dollars directly to schools to decide how best to spend on behalf of their students.


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