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Road to reopening runs through schools, yet McConnell refuses to act

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.

13 responses to “Road to reopening runs through schools, yet McConnell refuses to act

  1. I am a hands on grandma and need you to help open our schools safely!! Please act quickly as our children need to go to school in August 2020. There is no time to waste! What in hell is wrong with McConnell?

    1. I’m a single mother of a special need son that attends Port Arthur independent school district I’m also a correctional officer for tdcj where my unit has 156 positive covid19 inmates please vote on the heroes act

    2. Let’s not let our children down. They where promise an education. Help push this bill forward to get our kids back in the classroom.

  2. It is imperative that more funding be directed toward education to offset the decrease in revenue that would have been allocated to the school districts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the governor’s response to the pandemic, which was to close major contributing businesses.

  3. As an educator, not only do I know how difficult it will be to comply with the CDC guidelines and make schools as safe as possible, I know the budget crisis that our schools face. Where will the help be coming from? I, and my students, need to be as safe as possible. Schools are breeding grounds for illness. Anyone who teaches long enough knows how sick you get the first few years of teaching. Yet, you take the chance because of a greater good. This disease is a different ball game. It’s dangerous and everyone must ensure we all are protected and safe during this reopening. That requires funding.

  4. Please do what has to be done to keep our kids, teachers and staff safe if our kids are going to
    go back to school in the fall.

  5. It is frustrating that after all the work we (educators and public school workers) have done to support our students during this pandemic, from providing food and educational supplies needed to learn and succeed during these stressful times, we are being rewarded by potentially facing the loss of our jobs. This funding is desperately needed to help districts recover from the economic losses in order to prevent us district workers from paying the price.

  6. It is imperative that more funding be directed toward education to offset the decrease in revenue that would have been allocated to the school districts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the governor’s response to the pandemic, which was to close major contributing businesses.

    1. You are clearly uninformed about what public schools look like. Overcrowding and little ability to stop spread of germs. Local businesses are the same and needed to be closed to protect public safety in an abundance of caution. I agree that more funding is needed but don’t criticize the governor for being proactive, unlike the president who thought this virus would magically disappear.

    2. Please support the funding for the schools it’s important our children get there education safely and can return feeling safe .

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