White House praises Santa Fe schools for effectively using pandemic funds

As schools nationwide face the competing challenges of pandemic recovery and a teacher shortage, the White House on Thursday identified Santa Fe Public Schools as one of 15 districts using federal relief funds effectively to tackle the issues.

Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez participated in a regional call with first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, along with other educators, to discuss the district’s decision to allocate funds toward student mental health initiatives.