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On May 15, the House passed the HEROES Act to help schools and campuses reopen safely and save educators’ jobs. Now, it’s up to the Senate. Budget cuts loom even as schools struggle to make the costly changes necessary to reopen safely. Unless the Senate acts soon, those budget cuts could lead to the loss of nearly 2 million education jobs at every level from kindergarten to postsecondary—one-fifth of the workforce. Everyone agrees the road to recovery runs through our schools. But they cannot reopen safely if school budgets are slashed and students do not have what they need to be safe, learn, and succeed—especially the students of color, students with disabilities, and students living in poverty who have suffered most during this crisis.
Email your senators and tell them to take action to reopen schools and campuses safely and save educators’ jobs.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is requiring most of the schools it operates—here and overseas—to reopen and offer in-person instruction five days a week despite a resurgence of COVID-19 in many of those places. DoDEA educators are eager to return to their schools and see their students, but are concerned about safety—specifically, the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for students and educators, the feasibility of social distancing, and adequate staffing levels. Urgent action is needed to prevent this threat to the health and safety of military dependents, as well as the threat to military readiness posed by this unnecessary exposure to the virus.
Email your senators and representative and ask them to require schools for military kids to implement remote instruction
We all want our schools and campuses to safely reopen, but massive budget cuts are a threat we cannot ignore. The House of Representatives passed a bold plan to help called the HEROES Act but the Senate – led by Mitch McConnell – refuses to act. We need your help by calling your senators to ensure our students do not suffer any more from the COVID-19 crisis. Fill out this form to be automatically connected to your senators’ offices. We’ll walk you through what to say. If the Senate does not step up, schools face cuts far worse than the Great Recession, with fewer educators and less help for students.
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 pandemic has shone a spotlight on a long-standing inequity: the inability of as many as 16 million students, including many of the most vulnerable, to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access. The Emergency Educational Connections Act provides at least $4 billion for a one-time emergency fund, administered by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program, to equip students with hot spots and devices for remote learning.
Email your members of Congress and tell them to include the Emergency Educational Connections Act (S. 3690/H.R. 6563) in the next COVID-19 package to ensure no student is barred from the virtual classroom this school year.
A bill to help to our nation’s public schools as they seek to reopen this fall, create jobs in communities hard hit by the economic downturn, and help address structural inequities in the condition of our nation’s K-12 public education infrastructure
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.
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