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Progress in Spending Federal K-12 Covid Aid: State by State

With less than two years left to spend $189 billion in federal Covid-relief aid, school districts and states have used about $67.5 billion–or about 36 percent of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief money, according to the latest federal data. That ranges from 55 percent of the federal dollars spent in Iowa to 16 percent in Vermont.  This chart reflects spending reimbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Education through the first three quarters of 2022, which lags behind actual spending and reporting on some state portals. We will update the chart when new information is available.