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Education Spending in Congressional Covid Proposals

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For a full account of Congressional Covid aid, read our explainer. Beyond the dollars for stabilizing education budgets, the Congressional spending plans include money for other education priorities. Here are some examples:

CARES ACT

  • $4 billion for expanding broadband access
  • $180 million "Rethink K-12 School Models" competitive grant program to help states focus on virtual learning and new models of delivering eduction
  • $100 million in grants under Project SERV to help recover from “a violent or traumatic event that disrupts learning.

HEROES ACT

  • $10 billion in emergency funding for higher education institutions, including $1.7 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions.
  • $4 billion for career, technical, adult education, and training to help students gain the education and skills they need to join the workforce.
  • $100 million for Project AWARE grants to support student mental health.

SENATE DEMOCRATIC BILL

  • $12.9 billion for low-income, homeless migrant, and English language learners, most of it channeled through Title I.
  • $12 billion for IDEA program for students with disabilities in K-12 and early childhood programs.
  • $4 billion for the E-Rate Program to provide technology and internet access to students in need.

SENATE REPUBLICAN BILL

  • Two-thirds of the K-12 dollars would be distributed based on the extent to which schools, public and private, provide in-person instruction.
  • 10 percent of K-12 dollars, or about $7 billion, would go to private schools
  • $65 million for the Institute of Education Sciences to implement the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Graphic by Brooke LePage