We’re calling on Congress to provide at least $175 billion to distribute to states and local districts, allocated by formula based on poverty, to fill COVID-19 budget gaps that will hurt students in schools and on campuses.
COVID-19 has brought the stark realities of a digital divide called the homework gap—the inability of to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access. Up to 16 million students are affected, and a disproportionate share are black, brown, live in rural areas, or come from low-income families.
Education Support Professionals (ESPs) and other school staff who interact with students and their families must have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to protect students, colleagues, families, and themselves.
The safety and well-being of students and educators when they return to school cannot be compromised.
NEA supports the HEROES Act, which provides $200 billion to fill state and local budget gaps, including PPE and narrowing the digital divide; relief for student loan borrowers; and more.