How Congress can equitably allocate COVID-19 education aid to states

By Sarah Reber, Nora Gordon

In this series, we have explained why elementary and secondary education needs a large infusion of federal aid to protect students and promote economic recovery—and why Congress should not use existing formulas like Title I to distribute aid. One reason is that actual or perceived restrictions associated with existing programs could undermine states’ and school districts’ ability to spend federal aid flexibly, in turn undermining their ability to best meet varying and changing needs.

In this post, we discuss how Congress can instead choose a simple new formula to allocate a fiscal stabilization fund to

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