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.
While Kansas was the first state to to announce school closures for the remainder of the 2019-20 K-12 school year, there are signs it might not be the last.
It can be hard to grasp the sheer scale of school closures across the country due to the coronavirus. Here's a visualization of the growing reaction over time.
The Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act would provide mandatory funding to support K-12 as well as institutions of higher education.
The creation of vouchers for teachers' professional development "violates both the spirit and intent" of federal law, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. says in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.