Chicago Public Schools COVID Closure Raises Questions About Federal Spending

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Chicago Public Schools also got $1.78 billion from the federal government, but the money is allocated over multiple years through 2024. A presentation on the district’s website indicates $273 million would be directed to “school reopening needs” this school year. The district is also posting how it’s spending COVID-19 money online. City officials have repeatedly defended their use of federal funds and according to city budget documents, $1.3 billion of its $1.88 billion was directed to “essential government services.” The rest went to a variety of new initiatives and programs aimed at recovering from the pandemic, including $20 million for students and $65 million for youth jobs and out-of-school programs. Ald. Rosanna Rodriguez Sanchez said there was “not a lot of clarity” around how federal money from the American Rescue Plan was being distributed in the budget. She said even though CPS has their own federal recovery money, the city could be doing more, like operating testing sites at schools.

Their renewed criticism also comes after the U.S. Treasury issued its final rule for how federal relief money can be spent by local municipalities, which reiterates it cannot be spent paying off debt or replenishing reserves. Bhatti and organizers with United Working Families took issue with how Lightfoot’s administration allocated federal recovery money when it passed the 2022 budget last fall. They called the budget a “shell game” that still “increased payments to Wall Street and the police” and “backfilled” routine spending with recovery dollars.

But how COVID recovery money got spent in Chicago is much more complicated. “If Mayor Lightfoot had used our COVID relief funds to invest in public health and safety like she was supposed to, we would not be here today,” said Saqib Bhatti with the Action Center on Race and the Economy.

Requests to Chicago Public Schools for comment were not answered as of publication. Becky Vevea covers city hall for WBEZ. Follow @beckyvevea. The school district has spent $26.5 million on testing students and staff this school year through a contract with Thermo Fisher Scientific. The district is planning to purchase 350,000 antigen tests – rapid tests that can be given at home with quick results – from SHIELD Illinois, but it is not clear how much those will cost or when they will be available.

But the school district’s contact tracing and testing program was off to a slow and rocky start before cases started surging. Negotiations between Lightfoot’s administration and the Chicago Teachers Union appear to be stuck on testing protocols and what metrics would trigger a shut down. During a hearing with aldermen Monday, the city’s Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady outlined a lot of the precautions put in place this school year, including new ventilation systems, testing and contact tracing, and a system to “flip” individual schools to remote learning when outbreaks occurred. Arwady said this week alone, her department distributed 200,000 KN-95 masks to CPS schools.

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