COVID Federal funding differs across the state for schools

Some Ala. school districts not getting relief money

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The allocation process of federal COVID relief funding for local school districts is different across the state...and some districts aren’t getting any money from parts of the relief package.

The state will get almost $900 million in relief funding for education, based on the package approved in December. That money is divided into chunks and one chunk is called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Hundreds of thousands, to millions of dollars are distributed to schools from that pot of money.

The latest money breakdown on the state school department’s website showed Trussville City Schools, Vestavia Hills City Schools, and Mountain Brook City Schools won’t get any money from that chunk. The state superintendent says the districts don’t qualify because some relief money is based on the Title One formula which looks at student financial needs. Dr. Mackey says the districts do qualify for other rounds of federal funding to help support teaching through a pandemic.

“All three of those school districts have received an equitable amount of money out of a different fed fund. you may look at it and it may look like they were left out - but received money from a different funding source,” said Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent.

The state also expects to use about $30 million from the reserve fund as additional support to help all districts.

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