The School Choice Now Act would create one-time funding for private school scholarships, as well as $5 billion in permanent, annual tax credits to expand educational choice.
The fight over how much virus aid should go to private school students has underscored years-long divisions in the education community focused on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Nearly 17 million children lack high-speed internet at home that's considered crucial to their ability to participate in remote learning during the pandemic, according to a new study.
DeVos announced the $15 million "Accessing Choices in Education" grants on July 17, and she linked the new competition to the pandemic and the need for education to be more "student-centered."
Two lawsuits challenge demands by Florida leaders that schools open for in-person instruction, even as the state faces surging rates of coronavirus cases.
The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina have directed significant portions of their states' federal education relief aid to fund private school scholarships.
School administrators in some states are caught up in tensions about who gets the final say about when they can reopen their buildings and what precautions they should take to protect their communities.
Schools need more funding and clear federal guidelines to reopen safely in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdowns,former Vice President Joe Biden says.
"The department cannot ignore the longstanding challenges that have been associated with Puerto Rico and PRDE's fiscal management of federal funds," a top Education Department official told Puerto Rican officials.
With deficits looming because of the recession, state fiscal leaders will have to balance strategies to put off cuts now against the prospect of deeper cuts down the road.