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Information to provide comments on USED rule to divert more CARES Act funds to private schools

Information to provide comments on USED rule to divert more CARES Act funds to private schools

We previously posted about the Interim Final Rule the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued detailing exactly how school districts must share CARES Act funding and equitable services with private schools. The controversial rule carries the force of law, took effect immediately and would reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. While the rule took effect immediately, there will be a 30-day comment period.  We encourage school leaders to offer comments about the interim final rule.

To help you provide comments, here are talking points from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as well as the link to submit comments online. Please consider submitting comments on the rule. (more…)

Information to provide comments on USED rule to divert more CARES Act funds to private schools

USED rule formalizes DeVos’ stance on routing more vital CARES Act funding to private schools

The U.S. Department of Education issued an Interim Final Rule yesterday (June 25) detailing exactly how school districts must share CARES Act funding and equitable services with private schools.  

The controversial rule carries the force of law and took effect immediately.  It signals that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is doubling down on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students.  The rule is also likely to sew confusion and slow the flow of CARES act funding to public schools as states and districts figure out how to respond.

While the interim final rule took effect immediately, there will be a 30-day comment period.  We encourage school leaders to offer comments about the interim final rule. We will provide additional information on how to submit comments as it becomes available. (more…)

CCSSO: Safely reopening schools could cost hundreds of billions

From POLITICO: “The Council of Chief State School Officers estimates it will cost between $158.1 billion and $244.6 billion to safely reopen schools this fall, after Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asked for a projection at a hearing this month, the group said. Others also have estimates ranging from $116 billion to $500 billion.

“CCSSO, in a letter sent to Alexander, said its forecast includes “what school systems will need now and over the next two years” as they recover from the pandemic. The group also factored in anticipated declines in state and local funding for education.

“— Alexander said this week that he would support spending billions of dollars to help schools and colleges reopen safely. (more…)

Information to provide comments on USED rule to divert more CARES Act funds to private schools

Wisconsin AG sues to block new USED Title IX regulations

Last week, Wisconsin joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a complaint against an extensive set of new federal Title IX regulations issued in early May by the U.S. Department of Education (USED). These regulations are applicable to sexual harassment complaints by both school district students and employees and school districts will be required to revise their policies and procedures and ensure that administration and staff are trained on the new requirements.

Note: To assist school leaders the WASB has created a new Title IX resource page that can be found in the policy “hot topics” area of WASB’s website.  WASB will be adding content to the Title IX resource page throughout the summer as the August 14, 2020, effective date of the regulations approaches. 

In a news release, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said the complaint is designed to stop new regulations from weakening protections for victims of sexual assault and harassment and block the creation of inequitable disciplinary proceedings — from kindergarten through college. (more…)

Federal lawmakers begin to focus on challenges to reopening K-12 schools

K-12 school leaders across the nation face huge questions about how and when they’ll be able to safely reopen schools this fall. And now lawmakers in Washington are starting to pay attention.

The U.S. Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing today (Wednesday, June 10, 2020) at 9:00 a.m. (CDT) focused on the safe reopening of schools. The committee is slated to hear from invited state and local school leaders about the challenges they face.

With schools scheduled to reopen in about two and a half months, school leaders face challenges to try to implement a wide range of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local health departments to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus to enable classes to safely resume in the fall. (more…)

Federal update: part 3- Recent federal agency actions

Federal update: part 3- Recent federal agency actions

While things have been relatively quiet in Madison, Washington DC has been a busy place. Here’s the third in a series of updates on the most noteworthy developments.

Centers for Disease Control Publishes Re-Opening Guidelines 

Last week, the CDC published guidelines for reopening the economy, including schools and child care centers, in a 62-page document titled, “CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.”

The CDC advised, “All decisions about following these recommendations should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other State and local authorities who can help assess the current level of mitigation needed based on levels of COVID-19 community transmission and the capacities of the local public health and healthcare systems, among other relevant factors.” 

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