House Advances Newest Tranche of Stimulus Funding
On Friday night, the House is expected to approve the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319), the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package supported by the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats.
Within the education provisions, the bill provides $130 billion for K-12 education, $40 billion for higher education, and $100 million for education research. Other provisions include $7.6 billion for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (E-rate) to help close the homework gap, and $350 billion in state and local aid to shore up budgets that will impact state and local school funding.
No funds are targeted to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), but the $130 billion for K-12 education would allow districts to support any needs under all federal education laws, including IDEA.
The package will next go to the Senate for consideration. The House and Senate are aiming to finalize the bill before March 14, when existing pandemic-related unemployment insurance is set to expire.