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Millions of dollars in the new federal “American Rescue Plan” is coming to Greater Danbury area schools.  5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes says the pandemic has caused unprecedented learning losses, exacerbated disparities and led to a rise in mental health issues. 

Some of the funding can be put to use right away for things like PPE for students and staff, reducing class sizes, additional transportation and updating ventilation systems.  But she says some money can be allocated later for comprehensive afterschool and summer learning programs.  Hayes says they took intentional steps to address kids returning from what is most likely the biggest interruption in their academic experience. 

The measure includes $130 billion for education, with 20-percent earmarked to address learning loss.  While it can't necessarily be measured today, Hayes says they know is happening to some extent.  She says they wanted to be prepared on the front end to address the fallout.

Federal “American Rescue Plan” stimulus bill funding:

Bethel
Grand total $9,886,765
Per Capital $501
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$4,107,338
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$5,779,427
POPULATION
19,714

Brookfield
Grand total $6,236,691
Per Capital $366
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$1,262,510
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$4,974,181
POPULATION
17,002

Danbury
Grand total $71,277,747
Per Capital $841
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$38,808,242
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$32,469,505
POPULATION
84,730

New Fairfield
Grand total $7,968,204
Per Capital $574
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$3,905,851
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$4,062,353
POPULATION
13,877

New Milford
Grand total $18,917,252
Per Capital $702
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$11,044,551
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$7,872,701
POPULATION
26,939

Newtown
Grand total $10,002,447
Per Capital $360
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$1,860,532
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$8,141,915
POPULATION
27,774

Redding
Grand total $3,143,575
Per Capital $344
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$473,276
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$2,670,299
POPULATION
9,125

Ridgefield
Grand total $8,791,595
Per Capital $351
TOTAL K-12 SCHOOL AID
$1,475,769
TOTAL TOWN AID (INCLUDES COUNTY OUTLAYS)
$7,315,826
POPULATION
25,008

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