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Congress just passed an additional $321 billion worth of spending for the Paycheck Protection Program. But even when some small businesses receive the aid money, they’re not sure how to use it.
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Saving jobs is at the heart of Congress’ coronavirus small-business rescue program. But as NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben reports, even when some businesses receive the money, they’re not sure how to use it.
DANIELLE KURTZLEBEN, BYLINE: The Paycheck Protection Program sounds simple – give small businesses money to keep people on payroll. But Adam Markowitz says it hasn’t been simple at all.
ADAM MARKOWITZ: It’s a mess – just the calculation of who counts for payroll, what counts for payroll.
KURTZLEBEN: Markowitz works at a Florida accounting firm and spoke to NPR via Skype. He rattled off a list of how what payroll means has changed since the program was created.
MARKOWITZ: There was a
Let’s begin with a choice.
Say there’s a check in the mail. It’s meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639?
It’s not a trick question. It’s the story of America’s schools in two numbers.
That $9,794 is how much money the Chicago Ridge School District in Illinois spent per child in 2013 (the number has been adjusted by Education Week to account for regional cost differences). It’s well below that year’s national average of $11,841.
Ridge’s two elementary campuses and one middle school sit along Chicago’s southern edge. Roughly two-thirds of its students come from low-income families, and a third are learning English as a second language.
Here, one nurse commutes between three schools, and the two elementary schools share an art teacher
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