Education Groups Seek Over $200 Billion in New Coronavirus Emergency Aid
April 9, 2020
Schools need upwards of $200 billion in new aid to help them deal with the coronavirus, several education groups, including the two national teachers' unions, have told congressional leaders—well above their previous request for emergency help.
The Monday letter to Capitol Hill says that in addition to at least $175 billion in state stabilization funding for K-12 budgets, Title I programs for disadvantaged students should get a $12 billion boost, and special education should get a fresh $13 billion in funding. And the 12 organizations reiterated previous demands that Congress should provide $2 billion to promote remote learning for students through the E-Rate program, as well as ensure "explicit" support for schools in any package to shore up the nation's infrastructure.