Rhode Island schools receive millions to hire new teachers, but candidates in short supply


It's the largest chunk of federal money ever to hit Rhode Island schools: $645 million for elementary and secondary education, with $580 million going directly to local school districts.

"It really is a huge amount of money," said Professor Nate Schwartz at Brown University's Annenberg Institute. Schwartz said the funding, known as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, can re-shape education in Rhode Island.

"An amount of money that has the potential to do really big things for the systems," Schwartz said.

The top spending category: more than 1,000 new employees in school districts statewide.

But is it possible to hire that many people?


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