Federal Emergency School Aid
You know how the COVID-19 emergency has impacted our schools and our students. And you have done an incredible job meeting our students’ needs while our schools have been closed.
Now, we need to make sure that, when our schools open again, we can do it in a way that keeps everyone in them safe and healthy and ensures that our jobs, our salaries, and our pensions are protected from budget cuts.
Contact your U.S. senators and urge them to support $175 billion in emergency federal aid for public education.
Why is this important?
- School districts project they could lose as much as $1 billion in revenue because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.
- The state projects that it could lose as much as $3.7 billion in revenue because of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 emergency.
- Because of state and school district balanced budget and tax increase limits, there is little they can do to provide the resources schools need to open safely and avoid furloughs and program cuts.
- If school districts don’t have the resources they need, it could result in 40,000 furloughs, cuts to music, art, sports, and libraries, and increases in class sizes.
We need federal help
The federal government is the only place we can turn for help. In the past few months, Congress has approved more than $2 trillion in assistance for working people, businesses, and health care providers. Now, we need to tell our federal representatives that their public schools need urgent assistance.
Our jobs, our salaries, our pensions, and the health and safety of everyone who learns and works in public schools is at stake. Contact your U.S. senators today and urge them to support $175 billion in emergency federal aid for public education.