By Jodi Peterson
Posted on 2020-08-03
Senate Republicans have released a draft of their coronavirus relief bill that includes $70 billion to K-12 public and private schools and $5 billion in funds for governors for K-12 and higher education. Two-thirds of K-12 funding in the Senate Republican bill would be reserved for schools that plan to physically reopen for in-person instruction.
The bill (the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act) includes key priorities of Senate Republicans—and the Administration--which has pushed schools to resume in-person instruction. The Senate bill has no additional budget aid provided to state and local governments, but schools would get protections from legal liability to discourage lawsuits relating to COVID-19.
According to Education Week:
As you will recall in mid-May, House of Representatives Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or “HEROES Act,” H.R. 6800 (116). Senate Democrats introduced the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA), which would provide $175 billion for K-12 schools, $132 billion for higher education, and $33 billion for a Governor’s Fund. Negotiations are currently underway to come up with a compromise bill.
Key provisions of the Senate bill for K-12 are below.
(all numbers are approximate)
Stay tuned, and watch for more updates in future issues of NSTA Express.
Jodi Peterson is the Assistant Executive Director of Communications, Legislative & Public Affairs for the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Chair of the STEM Education Coalition. Reach her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @stemedadvocate.
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