As a mother of two school-aged children, I’m terrified. I’ve been concerned since this pandemic started, but now, with the delivery of education in the new school year totally in limbo, I don’t know what to think.
State budgets are hurting due to the economic impacts of the spread of the virus, which means programs and teacher jobs are on the chopping block all over the country. Our public schools need immediate assistance from the federal government to protect public education.
Students who must continue learning remotely still need access to the internet and devices at home. Schools that plan to open for in-person instruction need money to pay for protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and other supplies to ensure classrooms are safe and sanitary to keep kids and educators healthy.
Even though school is just weeks away, the Senate is holding up putting money into public schools. The COVID-19 relief bill just released by Senate Republicans is an insult to families with children. It falls woefully short in funding education and ties the little money that is allotted for K-12 education to school buildings reopening — completely neglecting all the school districts and students who will start off this year learning from home.
Our children’s well-being is clearly not their priority. This makes me furious, how does it make you feel?
If you’re as angry as I am, please join me in emailing Senate leadership and your own Senators to tell them that our kids matter and cannot be tossed around in yet another game of political football. Let's demand that more funding be included for K-12 public schools in this legislation.