IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A growing number of school districts in the U.S. are using federal pandemic funding on athletics projects.
One school district in Iowa is spending $100,000 on a weight room renovation, while another in Wisconsin is spending $1.6 million on new synthetic turf fields.
School officials argue the projects support students’ physical and mental health, but critics told The Associated Press the spending clashes with the intent of the pandemic relief.
Education experts said the funding should go toward tutoring and other costs to help students recover learning loss. Some critics blamed state and federal officials for failing to make sure the money is used appropriately.