Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Friday led 49 bipartisan Members of Congress in sending a letter urging House Leadership to include at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

“For months, COVID-19 has bombarded our K-12 system,” Rep. Speier said. “Schools across the country are fighting to provide their students with uninterrupted and high-quality educations despite these challenging times, but the pandemic is plunging many of them into fiscal crisis. We can’t leave schools high and dry as they stare down the barrel of a shrinking budget and spiking costs.”

“In times of crisis, it can be difficult to look beyond the immediate emergency,” Rep. Speier continued. “But if we allow the challenges of this moment to compromise our commitment to students and teachers, we will jeopardize the futures of tens of millions of children. Our COVID-19 response must protect young Americans and the educators and staff who work tirelessly to give them the world by giving schools a real hand up. A pandemic is no time to shortchange children.”

In March, the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency relief related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The CARES Act allocated over $13 billion for the ESSER Fund to be distributed to Local Education Agencies by State Education Agencies. Rep. Speier’s letter urges House leadership to build on this critical lifeline by increasing funding to meet the need of our K-12 system.

A copy of the letter is attached to this press release.

 

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