With Texas Schools Struggling to Find Lost Students, State Offers Temporary Financial Reprieve

Route Fifty: With fewer students enrolling in many Texas schools this fall, state education officials announced Thursday they'll wait six weeks longer than originally planned before considering cutting funding for districts seeing declines because of Covid-19.

The state's funding for schools is based on attendance, whether students are learning in classrooms, or in response to the pandemic this fall, tuning in at home from their computers or phones. Knowing that the transition to remote learning has been difficult for many schools and students, Texas had already agreed to fund school districts for the first 12 weeks of school based on their projected attendance numbers.

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