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Some school districts say the grants promised by Gov. Doug Ducey brought in less than promised. (Photo: Tinnakorn Jorruang, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Grants promised by Gov. Doug Ducey meant to stabilize school budgets are coming in lower than expected for some districts and charter schools, possibly putting smaller school districts in a financial bind.

Arizona school districts last week started receiving $370 million in Enrollment Stability Grant allocations, which is funding from CARES Act money.

Ducey in June announced the grant program, which is meant to help schools make up budget losses tied to enrollment declines. The governor guaranteed that schools wouldn’t lose more than 2% of the funding amount they received last school year. 

But the amounts some schools received do not match the 2% guarantee. 

In the Bullhead City Unified School District, enrollment decline because of the pandemic has brought the budget down by 11%, according to a