Schools, universities would get $90 billion in latest relief bill

Funding for schools would help cover costs of implementing technology to facilitate distance learning during the pandemic.
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House Democrats unveiled a new COVID-19 relief package Tuesday that includes $90 billion in flexible funding for schools and colleges to help support education during the pandemic and facilitate distance learning.

The previous round of relief funding, passed by Congress in March, made $31 billion available K-12 and higher education institutions to support a variety of learning needs and student resources, including mental health support and internet service. However, considering the high cost of technology and implementing a distance learning model, many educators have argued that schools need more financial support to survive the pandemic and ensure students have access to education.

This new relief bill — the fifth to be introduced to Congress since the beginning of the pandemic — would make an additional $90 billion available to elementary, secondary and public postsecondary institutions that can be used to cover a wide array of costs institutions are faced with, like educational technology, training and professional development for faculty and staff using technology to support distance education and financial aid for to cover the costs of technology for individual students.

Funding can also be used to provide counseling to faculty and students, sanitation for campus facilities and developing emergency response plans for future disasters.


Congress will vote on the new bill Friday.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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