The American Enterprise Institute recommends steps to reopen schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including preparing for effects into the 2021-2022 school year and planning to shut down again if the coronavirus re-emerges in their area.
The secretary treasury called for return of the small-business aid after reports that wealthy private schools attended by his children and President Donald Trump's son had qualified.
The Council of Chief State School Officers has taken a broad inventory of what states will have to deal with when they reopen buildings shuttered due to the pandemic, from student health and safety to academics.
The new "Rethink K-12 Education Models" program under the CARES Act has $180 million in grant money to distribute to states, and is divided into three grant priorities.
There could be an 8.4 percent reduction in the U.S. teaching corps, and some states could see reductions as large as 20 percent, according to a new analysis by the Learning Policy Institute.
The proposed priority for special education grants is the latest push by the U.S. Secretary of Education to embed more choice for students and educators in federal K-12 funding.
Without significantly more federal assistance for schools, the coronavirus pandemic would lead to an "educational catastrophe," the Council of the Great City Schools has told Congress.
Congress should not grant flexibility from the federal special education law's key components due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has told federal lawmakers.
"This is the time for local education leaders to unleash their creativity and ingenuity," Betsy DeVos said when she announced these Rethink K-12 School Models grants.
States and school districts are going to be asked and required to report a decent amount of how they spend coronavirus emergency money. So what could we learn?