Citing wait lists for summer programs and school buildings with no air conditioning, District 4 City Councilor Andrea Campbell held a press conference last Wednesday calling on the Boston Public Schools to accelerate their release of millions of dollars in federal COVID relief funding.
Boston is slated to receive more than $400 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. While district officials are in the midst of a series of meetings with parents, students, school staff and other members of the public, soliciting input they hope will inform their priorities for spending, Campbell says there are urgent needs in the city’s schools that are not being met.
“We’ve known about this funding since March, and there is still no public plan, no timeline, no strategy from the administration or the district on how the city intends to use these once-in-a-generation funds,” Campbell told reporters. “While I appreciate
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