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Technology, Tutors And T-shirts: How Idaho Schools Will Spend a $440 Million Federal Windfall

Idaho school districts have never had this much money.

Three rounds of congressional coronavirus relief have injected some $680 million into K-12 coffers across the state in less than two years — good for about a third of Idaho’s annual public schools budget.

Most of that one-time money, intended to help students most affected by the pandemic recover academically and emotionally, has not yet been spent. Though, all of it is now available.

With only 1% of the latest and largest round of federal relief spent, some districts are scrambling to put the money to work. Others are hesitating.