The once-in-a-lifetime Covid pandemic with its economic shutdowns and disruptions drove Congress and two presidential administrations to approve an unprecedented $69 billion in aid for higher education and $189 billion for K-12 schools. Help EdSource follow the money by emailing tips about how this one-time federal money is being spent at colleges and districts across the state to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lodi Unified, in many ways a microcosm for the state as a whole, received more than $131 million in state and federal Covid relief funds, roughly a third of its overall budget pre-pandemic.
American Rescue Plan Act funding imposes few restrictions, although addressing lost learning and underserved students must be priorities.
State Auditor Elaine Howle faults California Department of Education for not scrutinizing spending and not doing more audits.
California community college adjuncts who helped the system switch to online classes during the pandemic are getting differing amounts of federal Covid aid for the extra work.
Across California's community colleges, students are receiving varying amounts of emergency financial aid grants.
Starting last spring, California community college students received federal Covid-19 relief funds to help them stay afloat.
CSU Northridge benefits from the federal Covid relief formula which makes the campus eligible for $265 million, the most of any California college.
EdSource has gathered newly available federal data, with tables, charts, and maps, which detail funding and spending across the country.
The once-in-a-lifetime pandemic drove Congress and two presidential administrations to approve $69 billion in Covid relief for higher education with the highest amount, more than $9.5 billion, for California colleges and universities.