Indiana bill would offer $150 million for COVID learning recovery

Source: [Chalk Beat Indiana – By: Dylan McCoy]

The commitment to fund learning recovery drew praise from everyone who spoke at a hearing Wednesday. But some advocates argued that only schools and districts should be eligible for the grants because they have the expertise and responsibility to help students catch up.

“If we truly want to make the best use of these dollars, we recommend that grant recipients be professionals in teaching and learning,” said John O’Neal, a lobbyist for the Indiana State Teachers Association.

“The bill as written takes the approach that pretty much anyone or any group can do this,” O’Neal said. “But if we’ve learned anything over the last year, with remote learning and the challenges during the pandemic — especially parents — it’s that not everyone can do this work.”

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