NYC schools used first COVID-19 relief package to cover custodial expenses

By: | April 16, 2021

How are New York City schools spending the first of its three federal coronavirus relief packages?

It’s all covering the paychecks for custodial workers this school year, according to records Chalkbeat obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request.

The city’s education department planned to use $631 million from the March 2020 federal relief package passed under former President Donald Trump to cover “cleaners, handypersons, firepersons and engineers that support the regular operation” of city school buildings, records show.

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