Given the academic and social challenges that students face, many local education agencies are using Covid relief money to hire more staff members and beef up training, benefits and pay for those already on the payroll. U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has encouraged districts to use Covid relief funds to address staff shortages, specifically suggesting that they increase compensation, build a cadre of substitute teachers, improve working conditions, and invest in growing the workforce.
The Burbio data shows that more than half the districts and charter schools plan to spend on teachers, counselors and interventionist, and about a quarter are using it for mental health professional or nurses and physical health specialists. The data doesn't make clear whether the money would go toward hiring new staffers or improve conditions for existing employees. In separate categories, at least a third of districts plan to spend on professional development and a quarter on retention and recruitment of staff.
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- Education Department: Covid-19 Handbook
- ERS: Using ESSER Funds for Professional Learning and Collaboration
- AmeriCorps: Leveraging National Service in Your Schools
- NCLD: Investing ESSER Funds to Prepare and Support Teachers of Students With Disabilities