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First Lady Jill Biden steers a robot while robotics students Ethan Salibio and Kaitlyn De Loncker watch at Rolling Meadows High School on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Biden, along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona are in the Chicago area promoting apprenticeship and career-connected learning opportunities.
First lady Jill Biden steers a robot while students Ethan Salibio and Kaitlyn De Loncker watch at Rolling Meadows High School Monday, in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Biden, along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona are in the Chicago area promoting apprenticeship and career-connected learning opportunities.
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College & Workforce Readiness Biden Administration Urges Schools to Expand Apprenticeships and Career Learning
In too many schools, "it's a four-year college or bust mentality," Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said.
Libby Stanford, November 14, 2022
4 min read
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Education Funding Schools Need Billions More to Make Up for Lost Learning Time, Researchers Argue
The projected price tag far exceeds ESSER aid already provided to help students recover from the pandemic.
Libby Stanford, October 11, 2022
5 min read
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Budget & Finance Opinion 6 Ways to Solve the Teacher Shortage With Federal Stimulus Money
ESSER funds can help districts do something extra for teachers, writes a school finance expert.
Erin Covington, September 28, 2022
4 min read
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Curriculum The Case for Curriculum: Why Some States Are Prioritizing It With COVID Relief Funds
States are helping districts select improved curriculum and integrate it into learning recovery strategies.
Sarah Schwartz, September 20, 2022
5 min read
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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
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