Panelists Talk Districts’ Challenges and the Looming Fiscal Cliff

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As school districts nationwide face a federal funding cliff, government researchers from independent think tanks around the country met in Worcester, Massachusetts, to discuss how municipalities and states are preparing.

Since 1914, the Governmental Research Association has been connecting researchers working to improve their communities. This year’s annual conference was hosted by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

During the pandemic, the federal government issued three tranches of funding totaling $190 billion for school districts. Districts spent this money on everything from one-time costs like HVAC upgrades to recurring costs to address learning loss and student wellness.

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