- Biden Proposes $175 Billion to Reopen Schools
- Jan 15, 8:26 AM: The president-elect’s stimulus plan includes $130 billion for public elementary, middle and high schools and approximately $35 billion for institutions of higher education.
- Unions ask Pelosi and Schumer for $1T in emergency aid for state and local governments
- > Jan 14, 8:39 AM: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union of public employees, wrote a letter to the Democratic leaders with a coalition of labor, education and advocacy organizations, including
- San Diego Unified Avoids Layoffs Thanks To Federal Stimulus, But More Help Needed
- Jan 6, 7:51 AM: San Diego County school districts are set to receive about $390 million from the stimulus package Congress passed at the end of 2020, according to an analysis by the news outlet EdSource.
- Henry McMaster unveils plan to replace South Carolina’s private school tuition grants program
- > Jan 6, 7:17 AM: The plan announced Tuesday is McMaster's second attempt to spend the GEER funds. He previously announced a plan that would have provided tuition grants to students attending private schools, but that plan was rejected by the state
- Tennessee to receive $1.1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief aimed at K-12 education
- > Jan 6, 6:34 AM: Of the $1.1 billion, at least $997 million is required to be directly distributed to local school districts, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Individual state education agencies can keep only a limited amount for
- $900 million to flow directly to SC schools from latest federal aid package
- Jan 4, 7:07 AM: What educators can bank on is coming from the federal government. The massive $2.3 trillion COVID-19 aid and federal spending package that Congress passed Dec. 21 includes several pots of money for schools.
- California school districts, charter schools to get $6.8 billion, in varying amounts, of federal aid
- > Dec 23, 8:47 AM: The Covid-19 relief legislation that Congress passed on Monday will provide at least $6.8 billion to California’s school districts and charter schools. That equals about an eighth of the $54.9 billion that Congress will award to
- CPS expects $720M windfall if Trump signs COVID-19 relief bill
- Dec 23, 8:15 AM: The amount is more than double what district officials had anticipated and would help pay for technology for remote learning, air purifiers and cleaning supplies for soon-to-be-open classrooms and new staff.
- Educators, Students and Schools Come Up Short in Coronavirus Relief Package
- > Dec 22, 8:54 AM: AS CONGRESS TIES THE bow on a long-awaited and contentious coronavirus relief package, superintendents, principals and educators are disappointed – though not surprised – by how little aid it includes for their efforts to reopen
- Negotiators resolve last-minute issues as COVID-relief bill moves toward finish line
- > Dec 21, 9:33 AM: Senate Republican and Democratic leaders said Sunday afternoon that they had resolved some of the last outstanding issues holding up a coronavirus relief deal and a year-end omnibus spending package, including a fight over
- Texas has $2 billion in COVID relief funds left to spend. Advocacy groups are anxiously watching.
- Dec 16, 8:33 AM: With only two weeks before the funding expires, Texas’ state government still hasn’t spent about a quarter of the $8 billion it received from the federal coronavirus relief bill.
- Three ways Congress can support education without a bailout
- > Dec 10, 8:02 AM: Currently, the Senate is considering a proposal that includes a massive new public school bailout. Far from being a targeted, temporary proposal, the spending measure would authorize $82 billion in new K-12 funds— a sum that
- Gov. Ducey begins federal CARES Act funds distribution to schools
- > Nov 20, 7:48 AM: Schools will have the flexibility to use funds from the ESG program to ensure the safety of students and staff have safe in-person and virtual learning experiences. Every eligible district or charter that applied will receive
- San Diego Unified floats requests to Biden administration in State of District address
- Nov 19, 9:48 AM: District asks Biden to give schools $350 billion in COVID aid and fully fund special education while reinstating national teacher corps program
- Opinion: Democrats’ deadly strings on new COVID-19 aid
- > Oct 28, 8:07 AM: The proposed HEROES Act, laying out their demands for the next federal COVID-19 relief package, pledges $175 billion to K-12 public schools to help cover pandemic-related costs and backfill lost state revenues. But to qualify,
- Billions of dollars for public schools hang in the balance as bailout package remains in jeopardy
- > Oct 12, 8:31 AM: As talks over the economic recovery package remain in jeopardy, public schools may once again lose out on tens of billions of federal aid, money they say they desperately need to reopen as they face mounting costs and shrinking
- Commentary: Congress must help parents financially while public schools are shuttered
- > Sep 15, 8:27 AM: Now is the time for Congress to take bold swift action. It’s time to acknowledge the current public education system is in a crisis. Parents need a lifeline by putting existing federal education funds directly in the hands of
- Commentary: Private, Catholic and other faith-based schools need help through pandemic too
- > Sep 10, 8:49 AM: As Congress focuses on providing necessary aid for K-12 education in this next COVID-19 relief bill, we must make sure that no families are left out, no matter what type of school their children attend. We cannot afford to fail
- Senate Republicans propose $500 billion coronavirus relief bill
- > Sep 9, 8:11 AM: There is also $105 billion for schools, $15 billion for child care providers, as well as funds for scholarship-granting organizations that would help families with children in private school or homeschooling programs, and a
- U.S. Sen Republicans trying to insert private school tuition into next COVID aid (CER in the news)
- > Sep 4, 7:56 AM: U.S. Senate Republicans are pushing to underwrite private school tuition as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic against opposition from teachers’ unions, civil rights groups, and other who warn of diverting money from