Education Organizations offer Recommendations for Next Round of Federal Stimulus
Date PostedApril 9, 2020
In a letter to members of Congress, a range of educational advocate groups including superintendents, principals, school board members, school counselors and psychologists, and teacher representatives provided a glimpse of the issues their school districts are confronting. Among the challenges that topped the list, the unexpected transition to full online learning and lack of access to home internet.
Other notable issues include the unanticipated costs associated with the continued delivery of services, such as cleaning, providing off-site food services, printing and distribution of paper materials, new training for staff, and more substitute teachers.
The letter asks Congress that any additional stimulus package “include significant, robust, and flexible funding for our nation’s public schools.” Acknowledging a significant drop in state and local revenue, five recommendations are included to ensure that the federal investment can be effectively leveraged by state and local education agencies.
The five recommendations include
- $175 billion to support state funding of K-12 education and ensuring that a “high percentage” of the funding goes to the local level.
- Increased support for federal categorical programs, including $13 billion for IDEA and $12 billion for Title I.
- Emergency funding for remote learning technology that would see $2 billion more for the E-Rate program.
- Infrastructure funding should specifically include funding for school facility infrastructure.
- Recognize school districts as “employers” in the same manner as businesses and non-profit agencies, allowing them to utilize the payroll tax credit for “emergency paid leave.”