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Federal relief equals half of school-year budget deficit


February 11, 2021

It helps, but it doesn't solve the problem. The latest round of federal relief aid is equal to about half of this year's school budget deficit.

The $900 billion relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the president at the end of December included $54 billion to be distributed nationwide to help K-12 schools reopen and assist with additional expenses and lost revenues due to the pandemic.

Of that $54 billion, the Alaska Department of Education received almost $144 million that it has allocated to 55 school districts statewide.

Wrangell's share of the money is $284,181, accordin...

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