Scott Applauds Over $230 Million in Emergency COVID-19 K-12 Education Funding for Virginia

April 24, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, announced that K-12 schools in Virginia will receive $230 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. The funding comes from Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which allocates $13 billion for states and school districts to use for a wide range of purposes, including purchasing computers, hot spot devices, and cleaning supplies. Funds can also be used to provide professional development for educators and to support access to quality instruction for students with disabilities.

“I am pleased that Congress has taken meaningful steps to support students and educators in Virginia by providing K-12 schools the resources they need to navigate this public health crisis,” said Congressman Scott. “However, this funding is just a down payment on the investments we must make in future. It will be woefully inadequate if we fail to provide emergency funding for state and local governments that are suffering unprecedented budget shortfalls, requiring them to make cuts in education programs. For example, just this week, the Virginia’s legislature was forced to cancel pay raises for teachers and important funding for counselors.”

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is part of the new Education Stabilization Fund created by CARES Act, which also includes the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund—totaling $30.75 billion in emergency education resources.

To read more about emergency education funding under the CARES Act, click here.

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