By: Edward B. Clark and Andrea Thomas Brandley
Note: The opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas and help people as they formulate their own INFORMED DECISIONS™.
K–12 education in Utah has or will receive over $1.1 billion in COVID-19–related federal funding.[i] Many in the community are speaking up about where and how this money should be spent. Some encourage investment in K–12 special education and mental health.[ii] Utah already focused some CARES Act funding on students of color or those who are economically disadvantaged who saw large dips in grades and attendance during the pandemic.[iii]
A survey of school districts and charter schools revealed what some local education agencies are