Blog, January 2021

Updated PPP Loans Now Available on Covid Stimulus Watch

By Mellissa Chang
January 27, 2021
Updated data on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or more is now available on Covid Stimulus Watch. The 661,000 loans on Covid Stimulus Watch now have precise dollar amounts instead of the range that was originally reported by the SBA.

Disparities in CARES Act Funding for West Virginia Schools

By Mellissa Chang
January 6, 2021
Over 5,400 private schools across the country received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), amounting to an estimated $4.5 billion—approximately $833,000 per school. West Virginia follows this trend with 18 private schools receiving an estimated $5.8 million in PPP loans, or $322,000 per school.
CARES Act funding for public education, however, was not as generous. West Virginia was allocated $78 million in grants for its 768 Title I public schools through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Although the ESSER program is primarily