November 11, 2021

California public schools have an unprecedented influx of money thanks to more than 13 billion dollars in federal Covid relief from the American Rescue Plan. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the needs of students most impacted by the pandemic.

Host Zaidee Stavely and editor-at-large John Fensterwald discuss the promises and challenges posed by this huge one-time funding. Also, a student shares why he believes mental health is the most pressing need on which districts should focus, and a superintendent discusses why his district is providing internet access to close the digital divide.


  • Isaiah Vega, Senior, Edison High School, Fresno Unified School District
  • Bob Nelson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District
  • John Fensterwald, Editor-at-large, EdSource

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