According to a recent analysis by the Keystone Research Center, area school districts with the most students of color, and the most living in poverty were shortchanged when federal COVID-19 funds were distributed.

“The simplest way to say this is that the state allocated these funds backwards,” Herzenberg said. “And when you consider that this country is currently wrestling with its history of racial injustice, the tone-deafness to distribute the funds this way is stunning.”

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