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New Haven Schools Financially Hobbled Amid COVID Closures

Eric E. Castro

New Haven, Connecticut, schools are down over $1.3 million due to reduced enrollment caused by delaying school reopenings over concerns of the spread of COVID-19.

The district’s magnet school director said city schools lost nearly 175 suburban students compared to last year. New Haven schools generate revenue from a magnet grant for each suburban student.

Officials say the district stands to suffer most financially on transportation. A $3 million grant that covers busing magnet students across city lines is at risk as schools remain closed.

The district had plans to reopen next week, but those have been delayed indefinitely after an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.