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July 30, 2020

Don't Make Schools Physically Reopen to Get COVID Aid, Groups Urge Congress

The HEALS Act "misses the mark" and falls well short of what schools need, several education groups have told Congress ahead of what could be ugly negotiations over coronavirus relief.

July 29, 2020

Bill to Help Schools Cut Ties With Police Introduced by Lawmakers

The proposal from four members of Congress demonstrated the ongoing interest among Democrats and others in cutting links between schools and law enforcement.

July 27, 2020

GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

The Senate Republican bill, which includes $70 billion for K-12 schools, isn't expected to become law but sets parameters for tricky coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats.

July 23, 2020

White House, Senate GOP Weigh Draft K-12 Aid Deal as Democrats Defend Strategy

A draft deal between the Trump administration and Senate Republicans would provide $70 billion for K-12 and focuses on getting the coronavirus aid to schools relatively quickly.

July 07, 2020

Congress' Think Tank Casts Doubt on DeVos Push to Aid Private School Students

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' push to direct coronavirus relief to private school students in general doesn't match "the most straightforward reading" of the CARES Act, according to the Congressional Research Service.

July 07, 2020

House Bill Would Boost K-12 Aid by Over $500 Million, but Cut Charter School Fund

The spending bill for the next fiscal year from House Democrats would increase spending on a host of Education Department programs, but don't expect a deal on the federal budget for at least a few months.

July 02, 2020

Trump Team Signals Support for More School Relief, Private School Choice Plan

As Trump officials voiced support for additional aid for K-12 schools, opponents criticized a report that the White House will push for a private school choice plan in the next relief package.

June 30, 2020

Democrats Push Big Education and Child Care Virus Relief Packages

There's growing pressure for schools to resume in-person instruction this fall as concerns intensify about school closures' impact on children, parents, and the economy.

June 30, 2020

CDC Will Provide Virus-Testing Guidance for Schools as Pressure to Reopen Grows

Schools may be out for the summer, but the heat is on for them to reopen in less than two months. The CDC director told U.S senators schools will soon get guidance to help them achieve that goal.

June 24, 2020

Sen. Lamar Alexander Estimates K-12, Higher Ed. Need $50 Billion to $75 Billion to Reopen Safely

The Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate education committee, said he considers it crucial for K-12 schools "that they have the money that they need to open safely in the fall" to help parents and the economy.

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