Using federal funding sources like Title I, IDEA, and ESSER to hire more reading and math coaches, counselors, school psychologists, tutors, and other support staff is a key strategy for meeting students’ academic and social-emotional learning needs. However, when school systems use federal funding for personnel expenses, they must have a plan for when the grant funding runs out. Districts also must keep careful records of the time and effort that employees spend on grant-funded activities, which can be challenging.
If school systems fail to do this correctly, they could forfeit some of the grant money they’ve received or lose out on future funding. This white paper takes a closer look at the documentation required of school systems that use federal funding for labor-related expenses, and it reveals key strategies for completing this process successfully.