The city Department of Education has allocated $350 million in federal funding to combat educational damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, The Post has learned.
According to a budgeting memo issued last week, the money will support a range of initiatives from literacy programs to new arts offerings.
Every school in the nation’s largest public system will receive a minimum of $75,000 and a maximum of $600,000 to aid in “academic recovery” after the pandemic upended consecutive school years.
Each recipient must dedicate at least 20 percent of its award to pay for arts-related programs, according to the memo.
While the money cannot be used to hire new full-time teachers, the document states that schools can use it to finance additional class sessions and nonprofit partnerships aimed at helping kids get back on track.
“This funding is available for expenses incurred September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022,” the memo reads. “Schools are encouraged to schedule funds and implement eligible programming as soon as possible.”
The money will also be used to pay teachers to systematically assess the academic standing of their students and address learning gaps.