Infusion of federal cash offers a chance to test new models for local schools.
After an unprecedented infusion of federal money in local schools to deal with the devastation and learning loss stemming from Covid, the public is learning that districts and states have billions still waiting to be spent.
As schools use the dollars to pay for tutoring, teachers, and technology to accelerate student learning, they also have an opportunity to use the money to create a new range of schooling models to leapfrog the performance of today’s schools.
New York City, for one, still has $4.4 billion in stimulus funds that must be spent by the 2024–25 school year. Out of the $3.02 billion budgeted for 2021–22 school year that concluded, over half a billion dollars in federal money have yet to be committed.