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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
4 min read
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IT Management What Schools Can Do Now to Ensure Their New Technology Lasts Beyond the COVID Cash Boom
Devices bought with federal emergency funds are going to be outdated in a few years, with no new money to replace them.
Alyson Klein, May 17, 2022
8 min read
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Budget & Finance How Are Schools Spending ESSER Funds? 4 Takeaways From a New Report
More than 4 in 10 districts have already obligated all their pandemic relief aid, while nearly a third are still getting started.
Mark Lieberman, May 11, 2022
5 min read
Signs in support of keeping Diablo Community Day School open in Concord, Calif., on April 11, 2022. The school is being closed at the end of the school year due to budget cuts.
Signs support keeping Diablo Community Day School open in Concord, Calif. The school is being closed at the end of the school year due to budget cuts.
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Budget & Finance A Flood of Federal Cash and Then Layoffs. What Gives?
Some districts are cutting dozens of positions or scaling back programs to account for declining enrollment and inflationary pressure.
Mark Lieberman, April 21, 2022
11 min read
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Education Funding Opinion How You Can Avoid Missing Out on COVID Relief Money
We’re losing the race against the clock to spend ESSER funds, but there are solutions.
Erin Covington, April 14, 2022
3 min read
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April 12, 2022
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Budget & Finance 10 Reasons Districts Struggle to Spend Federal Relief Funds
Spending billions of dollars in federal relief is a lot harder for school districts than just writing a check or pushing a button.
Mark Lieberman & Vanessa Solis, April 8, 2022
1 min read
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Budget & Finance Why It's So Hard for Schools to Spend All That COVID Relief Money
Slow reimbursements, confusing requirements, and meddling legislatures are just a few complications as schools face pressure to invest.
Mark Lieberman, April 8, 2022
8 min read
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School & District Management Opinion What the Teacher and Classified-Staff Strike in Sacramento Means for the Country
If school district leaders changed their mindset about the concept of sharing power, students would be among the beneficiaries.
Larry Ferlazzo, March 31, 2022
6 min read
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Budget & Finance Schools Got Tons of Federal COVID Money. Why Some Are Laying Off Anyway
The realities of school district finance is clashing with the mainstream idea that schools are all flush with cash.
Mark Lieberman, March 30, 2022
7 min read
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Budget & Finance Opinion Searching for Common Ground: How to Spend Public Money in Education
Rick Hess and USC Dean Pedro Noguera discuss how to thoughtfully spend money in education and what that may look like on a practical level.
Rick Hess, March 15, 2022
3 min read
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Budget & Finance Letter to the Editor Investing ESSER Dollars So They Pay Off
Districts should consider investing ESSER funds in teacher training and coaching, says the CEO of Out Teach.
February 8, 2022
1 min read
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Recruitment & Retention Districts Are Raising Wages to Fix Shortages. Is It Sustainable?
Staff shortages have pushed districts to increase pay. But some might have to cut programs or staff to make higher wages permanent.
Mark Lieberman, February 7, 2022
11 min read