LPS has $ 61.4 million in federal aid to spend. Here is how the district plans to use it. | Education
LPS students accounted for 14% of Lancaster County coronavirus cases last week
Other proposals include continued funding for 38 additional reading and math speakers, long-term replacements, and overtime for teachers to work with special education and early childhood students.
The district also hopes to dedicate money to expanding its Advancement Through Individual Determination, or AVID, program. Originally established as a pilot program at Lincoln Northeast High School, AVID prepares prospective first-generation students for life after high school through an elective course.
With the money, LPS plans to expand the program to four schools this year – Lincoln High and Culler, Dawes and Mickle Colleges – in addition to Lincoln Northwest next fall.
The conditions attached to federal money are few – 20% must be devoted to combating learning loss, but schools have a great deal of latitude for the rest. However, funding is only available until September 2024, which means school districts such as LPS are looking for more solutions that can be sustained once aid dries up.
In the case of additional interventionists, these positions would eventually disappear, although employees could still retain a different role.
The $ 96 million LPS in pandemic relief dollars represents more than 12.5% of the $ 767 million paid to Nebraska schools. Although this is a substantial sum, the amount per student at LPS is lower than the national average and well below the allocation for Omaha public schools.