New White House guidelines on "reopening the country" didn't increase confidence among education groups that schools would reopen any time soon. And questions remain about how to keep students safe when they return.
The new guidelines rely heavily on testing for the coronavirus; in their first phase, schools that are now closed would not reopen, but could resume operations in subsequent phases.
Coronavirus' financial wallop on schools will come sooner than predicted as unemployment hits record levels. Already, pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs may be in the offing in some districts before the start of the new school year.
Fiscal analysts now predict states will see a $500 billion shortfall in revenue next year. Cuts to the K-12 system will likely dwarf the spending cuts schools saw during the Great Recession.
When should the education community expect another round of emergency help from Washington? The CARES Act provides some possible clues.
The $3 billion earmarked for governors is the first CARES Act aid for K-12 education U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has released.
The Trump administration violated federal rules when it rolled back nutrition standards for school meals programs in 2018, a federal district court ruled Monday.
Asked whether he would order Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep schools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump said he wanted to respect constitutional considerations but added he had the "right" to overrule governors.
States, school districts and teachers next year are likely to be on the hook for higher pension rates as the investment markets tank because of the coronavirus. That will leave districts with less money to spend on other K-12 priorities, including teacher pay.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she hopes that "students would not only maintain their current level of learning, but continue to expand."