School districts have until September 2024 to spend the money. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, they say they need more time.
Public perception is one of the biggest hurdles in regaining ridership.
To help restaurants clear debt and start over, "this is really what they need," an industry representative said.
Kai Ryssdal talks with Gbenga Ajilore of the Center for American Progress, who argues that pandemic economic relief should be more inclusive.
Many have already laid off their entire staff.
Some Americans will see $1,200 checks and expanded unemployment benefits.