COVID-19 Relief Spending is Influencing Traditional K-12 Workforce Practices

School systems nationwide are spending up to $20 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to boost the education workforce, with funding being dedicated to staff expansion, class size reduction, recruitment and retention efforts, and other activities, according to a report from FutureEd, a think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

By studying the spending practices of thousands of school systems, researchers found a common mission to grow the workforce, with approaches that are varied and are changing traditional workforce practices.

Many districts, for example, are offering generous signing bonuses and stipends as a recruitment and retention tool — using the flexibility of the relief funding to take unique approaches at providing extra pay.

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