Allentown and Bethlehem schools lost out more than 4 million dollars in COVID relief money

Written by on December 21, 2020

Allentown and Bethlehem schools lost out more than 4 million dollars in COVID relief money

By Chloe Nouvelle

December 21, 2020

The Allentown and Bethlehem schools lost out on a total of more than $4 million in federal COVID-19 relief money because of the way the state distributed the money.

A report from the Keystone Research Center says the state used two different formulas when it handed out pandemic relief money to schools. Stephen Herzenberg is the center’s executive director.

“What we found affirmed our fears, which is that this money was given out the wrong way.”

The state used a Title 1 funding formula that considers a district’s poverty level to distribute most of the relief funding. But Herzenberg says there was another model to distribute additional federal money. 

 The state gave each district a flat amount plus a fee per student.  

“Which sounds fair, but it doesn’t take into account the fact that some students are more expensive to educate than others,” said Herzenberg.

Herzenberg wants the state to rethink how it distributes any future education funding. 

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