The executive board of SPARK, a Kansas committee of appointed leaders proposed late last month to divvy-up some $150 million of Kansas federal COVID relief funding. For K-12 schools, $4 million was proposed for electronic access projects and $50 million divided into $1,000 stipends for families of low-income/low performing students to buy approved educational materials and services. The remainder was proposed to go to economic development.

The total American Rescue Plan Act funding for all Kansas institutions named in the legislation will be about five billion.

Sharon Hartin Iorio is dean emerita at Wichita State University's College of Education.