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COVID faculty funding used to feed ‘union political machine,’ not on youngsters’ wellbeing: report

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EXCLUSIVE – “The avalanche” of almost $200 billion in COVID-19 funding supposed to assist youngsters throughout the apex of the novel coronavirus’ pandemic was used, partially, to gasoline the agenda of the “union political machine,” in accordance with a Tuesday report. 

“This huge flood of funding has left public faculties awash in money, whereas college students and taxpayers are left to cope with the…  catastrophe unleashed by the union-prescribed COVID insurance policies,” The Goldwater Institute, a conservative public coverage assume tank, mentioned. 

Within the span of a single 12 months, Congress allotted $190 billion of federal funding into Okay-12 training. Nevertheless, about half of the $190 billion in federal funds had been categorized by state training companies as “different,” in accordance with an October 2021 report from ProPublica. Such reporting offered “no perception into how the funds had been allotted.”

COVID faculty funding used to feed ‘union political machine,’ not on youngsters’ wellbeing: report

Congress allotted almost $200 billion in funds for faculties nationwide throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Goldwater’s evaluation used Arizona as a case research to find out whether or not federal funds had been used moderately and for the needs for which they had been supposed. 

“Arizona faculty districts… bloat[ed] their general spending and staffing ranges, together with by hiring positions akin to assistant superintendents of variety, fairness, and inclusion,” director of training coverage at Goldwater Institute, Matt Beienburg, informed Fox Information Digital about how federal funds had been used earlier than and through COVID. 

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Arizona school districts ‘bloated’ their spending with new staffing positions focused on ‘equity,’ a report from a conservative think tank said. 

Arizona faculty districts ‘bloated’ their spending with new staffing positions targeted on ‘fairness,’ a report from a conservative assume tank mentioned. 
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Goldwater discovered that public faculties spent extra proportionally than constitution faculties regardless of the enrollment declines in public training and the rise of scholars in constitution faculties. 

The state’s public and constitution faculties got a further $4.3 billion. To place it in perspective, $1.3 billion was allotted to Arizona in 2019, the 12 months earlier than the pandemic started. Nevertheless, “public faculty districts particularly… spent lower than 1 / 4 of that quantity throughout the deepest throes of the pandemic,” Beienburg mentioned.

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The exorbitant spending that was not used within the throes of the pandemic’s peak, coupled with the truth that faculties had been closed and moved to distant studying –  resulting in college students’ studying gaps – urged the response to COVID was an “unfathomable institutional failure,” the Goldwater report mentioned.

Unions such because the American Federation of Academics pushed for faculties to stay closed for a substantial time period. The AFT additionally obtained unprecedented entry to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention throughout its policy-drafting section on pointers for re-opening faculties. 

The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten. 

The president of the American Federation of Academics, Randi Weingarten. 
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“Whereas it’ll take years to totally seize the implications of those insurance policies, present information have already begun to disclose a number of main themes: the prioritization of the union political machine over pupil well-being, the large overspending of federal funds, and the expensive cycle of fiscal irresponsibility inside Okay-12 that these insurance policies are more likely to exacerbate,” Goldwater’s report mentioned. 

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Billions of taxpayer dollars approved by Congress during the novel coronavirus pandemic for schools are ‘now being used on non-COVID related expenditures,' according to The Goldwater Institute.

Billions of taxpayer {dollars} permitted by Congress throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic for faculties are ‘now getting used on non-COVID associated expenditures,’ in accordance with The Goldwater Institute.
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“Authorities insurance policies needlessly ignited essentially the most devastating disruption to pupil studying in a technology, then compounded this failure by pouring billions of additional taxpayer {dollars} into public faculties that are actually getting used to fund non-COVID associated expenditures,” Beinenburg mentioned. 

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