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The COVID-19 crisis has pushed unemployment to Great Depression-era levels and massive budget cuts to schools are on the way, threatening educator jobs and the ability to safely re-open schools to serve our students. The House passed the HEROES Act, which could keep hundreds of thousands of educators from getting pink slips. Our students have suffered during this crisis — especially students of color, those with disabilities, and in poverty — and need more attention and instruction from educators than ever before. The Senate cannot delay any longer. It must deliver for our students and educators right now.
Email your senators and tell them to support the HEROES Act.
The next COVID-19 legislative package should include at least $56 million in directed funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) for education support professionals and educators in direct contact with students. They should be considered frontline workers whose jobs are essential, and that means having PPE to protect themselves, as well as their families and communities, from infection.
Email your senators and tell them the next COVID-19 bill should include at least $56 million in directed funding for PPE for educators.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are pushing privatization when the focus should be state budget shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—and what those massive shortfalls mean for the public schools that educate 9 out of 10 students. Congress needs to provide at least $175 billion more for the Education Stabilization Fund created by the CARES Act—the $30.7 billion authorized thus far is not nearly enough.
Email your members of Congress and tell them don’t let DeVos use COVID-19 to push privatization.
The coronavirus crisis has shone a spotlight on a long-standing inequity: the inability of 12 million students, including many of the most vulnerable, to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access. The Emergency Educational Connections Act (H.R. 6563) provides a $2 billion down payment for a special fund, administered by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program, to equip students with internet access; the Senate version, which will be introduced this week, provides $4 billion to support students for the duration of the 2020-21 school year.
Email your members of Congress and tell them to cosponsor and support the Emergency Educational Connections Act, and include it in the next COVID-19 legislative package
The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on the health and economic security of families and individuals. As Congress considers additional legislation to help the millions who are suffering, measures to ease the burden of our nation’s 45 million student loan borrowers should be included. The average educator begins a career with about $35,000 in student loan debt. The Student Debt Emergency Relief Act (H.R. 6363), introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), would cancel at least $30,000 in outstanding student loan debt, boosting consumer spending and reducing the financial strain on educators and other borrowers.
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A bill to provide resources to help schools plan for closures, ensure early childhood programs stay in operation, emergency financial aid for college students in need of food and housing, and more.
A bill to provide up to $4 billion for an emergency fund, administered through the E-Rate program, for schools and libraries to support distance and remote learning for students without home internet access for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
A bill to require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to protect all workers from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace
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