Pittsburgh Public Colleges leaders talk about methods to make use of federal funds via the American Bailout Plan – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After the Pittsburgh Public Schools launched their health and safety plan, the district is discussing ways to spend a large portion of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan.

The district has approximately $ 100 million from the third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund. On Friday, the district met with stakeholders as part of an extensive community engagement process to discuss the spending plan.

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According to the PPS, at least 20 percent of the funding must be used to combat learning losses.

But some of the other permissible uses that school administrators grapple with are improved afternoon programs, technology and internet upgrades for home learning, and other methods of addressing student social and emotional needs.

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“Funding is eligible to provide mental health services and to support and implement activities related to summer learning programs and after-school programs,” said Tylor Hart, project specialist at PPS.

Some students and others suggested during a breakout session that some of the money should be used to update the books in classrooms and libraries, and that more reading materials should be made available to students to improve literacy and cultural awareness.

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