Atlanta schools’ budget includes raises, more mental health services

The board also approved scholarships for teachers in hard-to-fill areas. More than 400 special education teachers are awarded a $ 3,000 scholarship.

Teachers at 32 schools with the highest proportion of low-income students in the district receive payments ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000.

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As part of the district’s response to the pandemic and the challenges the students faced, the budget also includes $ 2.8 million to hire 25 additional school social workers.

An additional $ 1.1 million is earmarked for hiring 10 new psychologists, as well as additional funding for student care specialists and trauma-related training for employees. APS also earmarked $ 3 million for continue his COVID-19 Monitoring test program next school year.

The district plans to use more than $ 11 million from its Rainy Day Fund to balance the budget, leaving an estimated fund balance of $ 115 million through June 2022.

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