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Carnage from COVID-19 continues to mount. State and local governments are facing huge shortfalls—potentially, even bigger than during the Great Depression. More than 36 million Americans are unemployed, including nearly 40 percent of those from households earning less than $40,000. The House has acted decisively, passing the $3 trillion HEROES Act. Now, the Senate must act.
Email your senators and tell them to support the HEROES Act.
The next COVID-19 legislative package should include at least $56 million 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 members of Congress and tell them the next COVID-19 bill should include at least $56 million 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 deal with the tremendous fallout from the pandemic, including providing $915 billion to state, local, and tribal governments to help avoid massive budget shortfalls and layoffs of educators and other public service employees.
A bill to provide for E-Rate support for Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and connected devices during emergency periods relating to COVID-19, and for other purposes.
A bill that 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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