"Without significant federal support, our states will struggle to support their public schools, and our students will feel the brunt of the result," the lawmakers said their pitch for additional K-12 aid.
The two national teachers' unions have joined an effort to get Congress to change police practices after the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black people at the hands of law enforcement.
School police have acquired powerful rifles, mine-resistant vehicles, and grenade launchers through a federal program that provides military equipment to local law enforcement.
The state's decision indicates that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' push on COVID-19 and private school students is having an affect.
New federal recommendations on reopening schools closed due to the coronavirus call for dramatic changes that could affect everything from bus rides to where students eat lunch. Watch this video for an explanation.
A coalition of education organizations wants Congress to waive a provision in federal law requiring districts to keep special education funding level from year to year regardless of budget pressures.
Just 46 percent of those responding to a USA Today/Ipsos poll said they would support students and teachers returning to schools this fall before there is a vaccine against the virus.
New sheets outlines how districts can support English-learner students, but concedes that "schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided."
In a letter to state education chiefs announcing her plan to publish a CARES Act rule for public comment, DeVos also highlighted what she called school leaders' "reflex" not to share COVID-19 aid.
Innovations that schools developed during their rapid transition to online instruction could inspire them to "rethink education," U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at a web conference with reporters.