On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden released the details of a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Paramount to the plan is a commitment to reopen schools quickly and safely, “so kids and educators can get back in class and parents can go back to work.”
Late last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the immediate availability of $54.3 billion in new funding to states and districts to support reopening K-12 schools, facilitate continuity of learning, and measure and address the learning loss brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) has released a table of estimated state distributions of the $54 billion in new emergency funding as outlined in the COVID-relief package that passed in late December.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of eight moderate Senators released a framework for the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020, which misses the mark on CEC's request to include dedicated emergency funding for IDEA.