Tag: CARES Act

School funding, teacher pay raises, free speech and more

CARES Funding: Just 10 percent of the $693.2 million from the CARES Act funds available to Florida has been allocated to schools. Hillsborough County schools have received $29 million and only 10 other school districts have received more than $1 million in funds to date. Tampa Bay Times. Computer programing:[Read More…]

‘Emergency mindset’ needed to address education inequities

As the first full year of schooling during the coronavirus pandemic launches, a national education advocacy network is sounding the alarm in a research brief that America’s K-12 education system is in crisis. To ensure a more flexible, equitable and student-centered system of education both now and post-pandemic, the independent[Read More…]

If schools can’t — or don’t — reopen, help families pay for at-home teaching with CARES Act, education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This commentary from Katherine Kellett Bathgate, a senior policy adviser for State Policy Network and CEO and co-founder of SchoolForward, first appeared on The 74. The American Federation of Teachers recently made headlines when it passed a resolution expressing support for any chapter that wishes to strike over[Read More…]

4 states, including Florida, supporting private schools with COVID-19 relief lead the way on education choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jude Schwalbach, a research assistant at The Heritage Foundation, first published on The Daily Signal. When COVID-19 brought the school year to an abrupt halt early this year, few anticipated that the global pandemic would be the impetus for private school choice reforms across the[Read More…]

Reducing outside-of-school learning inequality when schools are closed

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Aug. 6 held a public hearing on “Challenges to Safely Reopening American Schools,” featuring former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Broward County (Florida) Public Schools Superintendent Robert[Read More…]

South Carolina gives parents confidence about school this fall

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in months of uncertainty for families with children in K-12 schools, but South Carolina officials on Monday made one thing clear: The state’s families will have more options this academic year. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, announced creation of a private school scholarship program for[Read More…]