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Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
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NEA’s top legislative priorities include “stimulus” checks for households, cancelling federal student loan payments, further expanding unemployment insurance, injecting more money into state budgets to help avoid laying off educators, and closing the “homework gap” by providing devices and Wi-Fi hotspots for students who lack internet access at home.
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The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), signed into law March 6, appropriated $8.3 billion for the public health system, vaccine development, and other needs.
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), signed into law March 18, provides free testing, paid sick and emergency leave (for some), and bolsters unemployment insurance, food initiatives, and federal support for Medicaid. NEA supported this bill, but Congress needs to do much more.
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The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, provides one-time payments for most households, expands unemployment insurance, suspends federal student loan payments for six months, and more.
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The coronavirus is a double whammy for retirees, threatening to ruin both their health and finances—especially those whose Social Security benefits are reduced, or totally eliminated, by the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). NEA is urging Congress to include GPO/WEP repeal in the coronavirus legislative package.
Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

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Bills in Congress

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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