(The Center Square) – The New Jersey Assembly Education Committee has advanced legislation to require the Department of Education (DOE) to detail its use of federal COVID-19 relief money, a proposal that the sponsors say will increase transparency.
The measure, A-2067would require the state agency to file an annual report detailing the grants it has received and distributed to school districts under the various measures passed by Congress, including Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) , the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) laws.
“It’s important to make sure we maximize all the resources we have, especially when it comes to equipping our schools with the tools they need to support and uplift our students,” Assembly sponsor Pamela Lampitt , D-Burlington/Camden; Mila Jasey, D-Essex/Morris; and Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, said in a joint statement:
“By requiring the DOE to submit an annual report on COVID-19 relief funds received from the federal government and distributed to school districts across the state, as well as the use of those funds, we can ensure that the money is spent appropriately,” the lawmakers said. added.
In addition, under the proposal, the department must submit a final report within six months of the school districts exhausting federal grants.