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FutureEd Releases Findings on Pandemic Spending Impact on Educators

Teacher shortages dominated education headlines during the summer. The billions of dollars of federal pandemic-relief money states and school districts are pouring into the teaching force—and the funding’s substantial consequences for longstanding policies and practices in the more-than-three-million-member profession—have received far less attention. To understand state and local policymakers’ strategies for bolstering teaching resources in the wake of the pandemic, FutureEd has analyzed the Covid-relief spending plans of 5,000 school districts and charter organizations representing 74 percent of the nation’s public-school students. And we examined additional documents and conducted a range of interviews to gauge how the nation’s 100 largest school districts plan to reinforce their teaching ranks with American Rescue Plan aid. 

The result is a new FutureEd publication, Educators and ESSER: How Pandemic Spending is Reshaping the Teaching Profession, a comprehensive picture of state and local strategies for spending of recovery resources on instructional priorities and the policy implications for traditional teacher labor practices and pay policies, written by Associate Director Phyllis Jordan and Policy Analyst Bella DiMarco.

Read the full report.

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