Schools got record federal money during COVID. They're having a hard time spending it all.


  • In a survey of 21 large school districts, nearly all said they were behind on plans for spending federal cash.
  • Finding new staff has been challenging. That hurts plans to launch more tutoring or social workers.
  • Construction delays have also jeopardized improvements to buildings. Schools hope to get more time to do the projects.

It seems like a balanced equation: Schools need a lot of help, but they also have record sums of federal money to spend. 

If only it were that simple.

Across the country, schools are struggling to spend their COVID-19 relief money as quickly as planned. Their efforts are running up against a national labor shortage and supply chain issues, which are making it difficult to do things like hire tutors or renovate dilapidated buildings.


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