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Education news, analysis, and opinion about the 2020 and 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief federal pandemic relief funds

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Everything You Need to Know About Schools and COVID Relief Funds
How much did your district get in pandemic emergency aid? When must the money be spent? Is there more on the way? EdWeek has the answers.
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Budget & Finance District Leaders Want More Time to Spend ESSER Funds as Plans Go Astray
Orders aren't arriving on time. Hiring is hard. Chief financial officers want the feds to relieve the pressure.
Mark Lieberman, September 16, 2022
4 min read
Long Lake Superintendent Noelle Short in front of Long Lake Central School in Long Lake, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 2022.
Noelle Short is the superintendent of a single-school district in upstate New York with fewer than 100 students.
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Education Funding In Their Own Words This Superintendent's Tiny, Rural District Got No COVID Aid. Here's Why That Hurts
The aid formula left Long Lake, N.Y., out of the mix. The superintendent worries that could happen for other kinds of aid in the future.
Mark Lieberman, September 6, 2022
3 min read
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Education Funding District Leaders Plea to Feds: We Need More Time to Spend COVID Aid
Without more flexibility on the 2024 spending deadline, critical programs will be axed, they warn.
Libby Stanford, September 1, 2022
5 min read
Angela Pike watches her fourth grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia, Ky., as they use their laptops to participate in an emotional check-in at the start of the school day, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. The rural Kentucky school is one of thousands across the country using the technology to screen students' state of mind and alert teachers to anyone struggling.
Angela Pike watches her 4th-grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Cecilia, Ky., as they use their laptops on Aug. 11 to participate in an emotional check-in at the start of the school day. The Biden administration recommended that schools use COVID-19 relief funds to support student mental health.
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Education Funding Biden Administration Outlines How School Districts Should Spend COVID Aid
White House back-to-school checklist encourages school districts to involve parents in spending decisions.
Libby Stanford, August 25, 2022
5 min read
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona answers questions during an interview in his office in Washington on Aug. 23.
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Federal Q&A U.S. Education Secretary Cardona: How to Fix Teacher Shortages, Create Safe Schools
In an exclusive interview with Education Week, the secretary looks ahead to the challenges of this school year.
Libby Stanford, August 23, 2022
10 min read
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 28, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina during a trip to San Juan on July 28.
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Education Funding Puerto Rico Schools to Use New Aid for Teacher Raises, Hurricane and COVID Recovery
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced $215 million in federal funds before the start of the new school year.
Libby Stanford, August 2, 2022
3 min read
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Budget & Finance From Our Research Center Despite Accusations of Hoarding, Districts Say They're Steadily Spending ESSER Funds
More than half of district leaders say they've spent more than three-quarters of their federal relief.
Mark Lieberman, August 2, 2022
3 min read
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Eric Russell, CFO for the city of Columbus, Ohio, pictured on July 15, 2022.
Eric Russell has audited and consulted for more than 100 school districts.
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Budget & Finance Q&A How to Prepare for ESSER Spending Scrutiny: Advice From a Veteran Auditor
Smaller districts, in particular, should be scrupulous in explaining and documenting how they spent their federal COVID-19 aid.
Mark Lieberman, July 18, 2022
7 min read
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at an event on June 2, 2022, at the Department of Education in Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks at an event at the Department of Education in Washington in June. The department has announced a push for expanded access to after-school and summer learning programs.
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Federal Federal Initiative Leverages COVID Aid to Expand After-School, Summer Learning
The Education Department's Engage Every Student effort includes partnerships with civic organizations and professional groups.
Libby Stanford, July 14, 2022
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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents as they tour Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., on March 3, 2021. The U.S. Department of Education's new National Parents and Family Engagement Council aims to foster stronger relationships between parents and schools.
First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listen to parents during a visit to Fort LeBoeuf Middle School in Waterford, Pa., in March.
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Families & the Community The Ed. Dept.'s New Parent Council: What Will It Do?
The U.S. Department of Education launched the council to facilitate better communication between schools and the families they serve.
Libby Stanford, June 14, 2022
3 min read
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Budget & Finance States Grill Districts on How They'll Spend Their ESSER Money for Learning Recovery
The scrutiny is crucial for accountability, but can add delays in using billions in badly needed funds.
Mark Lieberman, May 26, 2022
6 min read
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Education Funding Schools Can Seek More Time to Spend ESSER Funds on Outside Contracts
Waivers are available for contract spending in key areas like construction, tutoring, and mental health.
Mark Lieberman, May 17, 2022
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