Everyone agrees the road to reopening runs through America’s schools. But we can’t reopen them safely without taking costly steps to protect students and educators alike—steps that are unaffordable with massive budget cuts on the ways. We need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE); modify classrooms, cafeterias, and school buses to make social distancing possible; intensify instruction and support for students traumatized by the impact of the coronavirus on their families and communities; and more.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says there’s no immediate need to act. The truth is the longer the Senate delays, the greater the likelihood we’ll see a repeat of the Great Recession a decade ago, during which financially strapped states and localities cut essential student services and laid off tens of thousands of educators. This time, the damage could be even worse. NEA supports the HEROES Act passed by the House, which would provide $915 billion in direct relief for state and local governments and $90 billion to stabilize education funding.
Email your senators and tell them to support the HEROES Act.