AFT President Randi Weingarten said in the announcement that the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate "is with us on investing in public education."

Pressure builds on Washington for stimulus aid to help schools weather the pandemic. Could distance learning, emotional support for students, and an education jobs fund for teachers get support?

The Education Department says federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning to all students, including those with disabilities.

The education secretary is expected to speak at a White House coronavirus press briefing Sunday or Monday to discuss the cancellation of standardized testing for this school year.

Already, states and districts are reaching into their piggy banks to spend on costs stemming from the coronavirus. A revenue downturn could make those accounts even more critical as a buffer.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had come under increasing pressure to let states waive federal testing mandates given the mass school closures caused by the spread of the coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act would give the education secretary the power to grant "national emergency educational waivers" from the Every Student Succeeds Act and other laws.

President Donald Trump has signed emergency coronavirus legislation that eases rules for meals schools provide to students, and provides certain leave benefits related to schools.

As coronavirus-related school closures stretch on, state school chiefs have pressed for expedited waivers from federal testing requirements and further guidance on equity for students with disabilities.

In the president's proposal, schools would get access to over $100 million in emergency funding to address the coronavirus. It's one of several plans to address the affects of the virus on education.

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