As CARES Act helps some schools, many say it's just a down payment on what districts need to avoid financial disaster
July 14, 2020
When Congress passed a coronavirus relief package at the end of March, it offered schools a $13.2 billion lifeline to cope with the many unexpected costs of the coronavirus pandemic.
But just over three months later, many districts have yet to benefit from the main pot of federal money meant to help schools.
That’s true for a variety of reasons. In many states, school leaders have had to submit multiple rounds of paperwork to get their money, which takes time. In several states, CARES Act funds are being used to make up for state cuts to education, so it doesn’t feel like much of a boost. Some school districts aren’t eligible for the funds.