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NASBE Urges Congress to Increase COVID Response and E-Rate Funding to States


NASBE joined 52 other national organizations in sending a letter to Congress in support of the Educational Connections Act of 2020. President and CEO Robert Hull comments:

“The ‘homework gap’ has been a longstanding education issue that has only intensified as millions of students and teacher engage in remote learning amidst widespread school closures. We are pleased to partner with other state policy leaders to advocate for expansion of E-rate funding to help meet the demands of home-based learning in this time of unprecedented need. It is an important step toward ensuring equity and access to high-quality instruction for all students.”

 

In another letter, NASBE partnered with CCSSO urging Congress to significantly increase funding for the Education Stabilization Fund, including increases for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. President and CEO Robert Hull made this statement:

“We are proud of the dedication and commitment state leaders have shown in serving students and educators during in this challenging, uncertain time. COVID-19 recovery efforts are costly, and the strain on education budgets will be severe and long lasting. NASBE stands with our colleagues in urging Congress to provide additional, significant resources to help states and school districts across the nation meet the challenges ahead.”

Brooke Axiotis, Iowa state board member and chair of NASBE’s board of directors, comments:

“State board members are working hard to help schools address the needs of students and families during this unprecedented time. States are already facing education budget pressures and we cannot maintain a level of response that ensures equity and access for all students without additional resources. Increased federal funding is essential to help states continue their response efforts and plan ahead.”




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