How much each Atlanta school district will get from Biden relief plan

Clarkdale Elementary School wait at a social distance as they prepare to board their school busses after school in Austell, in this October 5, 2020 file photo. Cobb County School District will receive $160.6 million in the latest round of federal COVID relief funds. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)
Clarkdale Elementary School wait at a social distance as they prepare to board their school busses after school in Austell, in this October 5, 2020 file photo. Cobb County School District will receive $160.6 million in the latest round of federal COVID relief funds. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

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School districts in Georgia will soon receive just over $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds.

The amount is from the state’s $4.25 billion share of the $122 billion portion of the American Rescue Plan dedicated to kindergarten through high school education. Pres. Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion legislation this month.

The money is being distributed largely using an existing formula for federal school funds to address poverty, known as Title 1.

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Gwinnett County, the state’s largest district, will get $282.4 million. The other three largest districts — Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties— are getting $160.6 million, $313.2 million and $168.8 million respectively. DeKalb’s outsized portion is due to its poverty rate.

Likewise, Atlanta Public Schools, which is half the size of those districts but with a high poverty rate, gets $201.4 million. Clayton County, which also has relatively high poverty, gets $170.5 million.

The state education board approved the dispersal list Thursday. The state Department of Education is required to hold back $425 million to spend on various programs, from summer enrichment to after-school care.

School districts must spend a fifth of this money on remediation of learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are few limits on the rest of the money.

American Rescue Plan

Total package signed by President Joe Biden on March 11: $1.9 trillion

Amount earmarked for K-12 education: $122 billion

Georgia’s total K-12 education allocation: $4,249,371,244

Amount being disbursed to school districts: $3,824,434,120

Metro Atlanta school district allocations

Atlanta: $201,373,053

Clayton County: $170,508,371

Cobb County: $160,600,790

DeKalb County: $313,231,738

Fulton County: $168,838,062

Gwinnett County: $282,404,800

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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