New York Times: How the $4 Trillion Flood of Covid Relief Is Funding the Future

New York Times: How the $4 Trillion Flood of Covid Relief Is Funding the Future. “Covid-19 put American infrastructure to the test — and by most measures, it failed, exposing the unstable, outdated systems that uphold our lives. Students without access to the internet tried to get by on once-a-week printed packets. Nurses wore trash bags as medical equipment. Nobody could buy toilet paper. But these failures, along with so many more, may also have provided the impetus — in the form of unprecedented federal funding — for the United States to modernize itself, filling cracks and bridging gaps in our technological, medical and manufacturing capabilities that have been widening for decades.”

WJHL: Tennessee counties deciding how to spend millions in ‘COVID money’

WJHL: Tennessee counties deciding how to spend millions in ‘COVID money’. “Millions of dollars are coming to localities across Northeast Tennessee, and the time is coming for local governments to decide how to spend it. The American Rescue Plan will give over $360 billion to state and local governments across the nation to spend on a variety of needs. News Channel 11 asked the mayors of the two largest counties in the area by population, Sullivan and Washington, about their planning process on how to spend those funds.”

Associated Press: With US aid money, schools put bigger focus on mental health

Associated Press: With US aid money, schools put bigger focus on mental health. “In Kansas City, Kansas, educators are opening an after-school mental health clinic staffed with school counselors and social workers. Schools in Paterson, New Jersey, have set up social emotional learning teams to identify students dealing with crises. Chicago is staffing up ‘care teams’ with the mission of helping struggling students on its 500-plus campuses. With a windfall of federal coronavirus relief money at hand, schools across the U.S. are using portions to quickly expand their capacity to address students’ struggles with mental health.”

Report: Cultural institutions took federal money but still let go of workers (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees)

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees: Report: Cultural institutions took federal money but still let go of workers. “Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistance was meant to shore up payrolls and keep workers on the job, according to a report released by AFSCME Cultural Workers United.”

Miami Herald: Carvalho asks Florida to apply for federal funds to meet ‘moral imperative’ in schools

Miami Herald: Carvalho asks Florida to apply for federal funds to meet ‘moral imperative’ in schools. “Miami-Dade County Public Schools has sent a letter to Florida’s education commissioner asking him to request the billions of dollars in federal funds that are available to help school districts address the needs of students during the pandemic. The school district of Miami-Dade County is still waiting for $800 million in funds for its traditional public schools, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Wednesday during a news conference at the district’s headquarters in Miami.”

Associated Press: Flush with COVID-19 aid, schools steer funding to sports

Associated Press: Flush with COVID-19 aid, schools steer funding to sports. “One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to schools this year. The money is part of a $123 billion infusion intended to help schools reopen and recover from the pandemic. But with few limits on how the funding can be spent, The Associated Press found that some districts have used large portions to cover athletics projects they couldn’t previously afford.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: Health agencies rescind COVID mask orders over fears of funding cuts

Crain’s Detroit Business: Health agencies rescind COVID mask orders over fears of funding cuts. ” Two more local health departments in Michigan rescinded their school masking requirement Thursday despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer saying she would not enforce Republican-written budget provisions that threaten funding for counties with COVID-19 pandemic orders.”

7 News Florida: Department of Education awards BCPS grant for more than $420K after funds were cut by state

7 News Florida: Department of Education awards BCPS grant for more than $420K after funds were cut by state. “Broward County Public Schools is getting a bailout by the federal government after the state withheld funds due to the district’s mask mandate. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently cut funding to the BCPS Board when they decided to make masks mandatory in schools. The United States Department of Education is now giving it back in the form of a grant.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives pleaded with Attorney-General to release report on its future

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives pleaded with Attorney-General to release report on its future. “The National Archives spent a year pleading with then-attorney-general Christian Porter to respond to a report into the institution, which revealed it needed a huge injection of cash to preserve some of the country’s most at-risk documents and help it abide by its own laws. Documents released to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under Freedom of Information show the Archives’ advisory council made repeated calls on Mr Porter to at least release the report that was handed to the attorney-general in early February last year.”

Brisbane Times: National Archives gets $67.7m injection to save decaying documents

Brisbane Times: National Archives gets $67.7m injection to save decaying documents. “Almost 300,000 pieces of Australian history including radio recordings of former prime minister John Curtin and a petition to King George V for Indigenous representation in Federal Parliament will be saved after a $67.7 million funding injection into the National Archives. But the government is facing calls for extra money to protect even more documents, recordings and images as part of an overhaul of an archival system pushed to the brink of collapse by years of funding shortfalls.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry . 50 billion won is a little more than $44 million US. “In addition to injecting more funds into the industry, the five-year plan also includes plans to diversify animations, which are currently largely concentrated on films for toddlers and children. The government also plans to beef up commercial support by expanding channels for animation distribution and helping companies make merchandise based on animations. The plan also includes setting up a digital archive for animation sources.”