What Reporters Need to Know as Schools Plan to Spend Big With New Stimulus Aid


School districts nationwide are racing to meet an August deadline to map out how they will spend their portion of $130 billion in recovery dollars under the American Rescue Plan, signed in March by President Joe Biden. This massive influx of federal aid comes on top of two earlier rounds of emergency support from Washington.

What do education journalists need to know – and what questions should they be asking in local communities – as they cover this unprecedented infusion of federal aid? In this webinar, experts explain the ins and outs of the American Rescue Act, including rules for spending the dollars and federal expectations. They also raise questions about  the so-called “maintenance of equity” provision in the law and how that will likely impact decisions on allocating resources. In addition, the webinar addresses likely uses of the new stimulus aid, requirements for community engagement and feedback on spending plans, and more.

This webinar was presented on May 26, 2021.