Arizona schools get $1 billion in federal relief funding

Gov. Doug Ducey and Kathy Hoffman

The Arizona Department of Education this week announced $1 billion more in federal pandemic relief funding will be sent to schools. 

The flexible funds will help schools cover extra costs incurred through the pandemic, like money spent on hand sanitizer and Plexiglass, as well as cover costs for recovery, including intervention for learning loss, special education, technology and possible mental health support.

Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said in a statement that the federal funding was helpful but echoed a sentiment she’s expressed before: Schools need a reliable source of funding from the state, not the feds. 

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“While this significant infusion of federal recovery dollars is good news for Arizona’s schools, it is not a substitute for sustainable funding from the state as they move through and beyond the crisis of this pandemic,” Hoffman said.